By Analou De Vera
More than 18,000 measles cases have already been documented across the country, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday.
The DOH said that there are now 18,553 measles cases reported nationwide while the number of deaths has reached to 286 as of January 1 to March 7, 2019.
During the same period last year, only 3,829 cases were recorded, including 39 deaths.
The most affected age group remains to be one to four years old, the health department noted.
The Calabarzon region had the most number of measles cases with 4,087; followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 3,850; and Central Luzon with 2,840.
Meanwhile, most of the deaths were recorded in NCR with 82 deaths; followed by Calabarzon with 80; and Central Luzon with 43.
To note, the DOH declared measles outbreak last February in NCR. The outbreak soon expanded to Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas.