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Singaporeans infected by measles outbreak in the Philippines

Published on Apr 12, 2014 9:38 AM
 
A mother holds her child as she receives a measles vaccine at the Department of Health (DOH) headquarters in Manila on Jan 21, 2014. A measles outbreak in the Philippines has infected 23 Singaporeans who had travelled there since Jan, said an alert from the Ministry of Health (MOH). -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

A measles outbreak in the Philippines has infected 23 Singaporeans who had travelled there since January, said an alert from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

They are among 80 people here have come down with measles so far this year. This is high, given that the annual numbers were 46 and 38 respectively for the past two years.

But the risk of an outbreak here is low, said the MOH, as most people are vaccinated against this highly contagious disease.

It said that half the people who were infected here this year were young children who had missed their vaccination.

 
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