Philippine measles death toll hits 70 Feb 12, 2019 0 1281 12345 dpaManilaAt least 70 people, mostly children under the age of five, have died from measles in the Philippines since the start of the year, the Department of Health said Monday.The death toll from January 1 to February 9 more than doubled compared to the same period last year, the department said. A total of 4,302 cases of measles have been reported throughout the country, it added.A total of 34 per cent of the patients were between the ages of one and four, while 27 per cent were less than 9 months old.“Of the total deaths, ages ranged from one month to 31 years old,” the department said. “Notably, 79 per cent of those who died had no history of vaccination.” The department earlier declared an outbreak of measles in Manila, where 18 deaths have been recorded, as well as the Calabarzon region south of the capital, where 25 deaths have been documented.Health Secretary Francisco Duque has blamed the increase on low vaccination rates among children due to a scare triggered by a controversial programme to immunize children against dengue in 2017.The scare focused on a vaccine created by French firm Sanofi Pasteur, which disclosed that the medicine posed risks to children who have not been infected by dengue before immunization. Duque urged the public to restore their trust in vaccines that have long been proven to be effective to ensure protection from such diseases. RELATED ARTICLES Priyanka ‘magic’ draws thousands at debut roadshow in Lucknow Feb 12, 2019 0 342 Bangladesh stops trafficking of more Rohingyas to Malaysia Feb 12, 2019 0 346 Pakistan, International Monetary Fund inching closer to deal Feb 12, 2019 0 1079 Acting Pentagon chief visits Kabul, denies troops cut dpa Kabul The acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan arrived in the Afghan capital for an unannounced visit on Monday, meeting with top officials from NATO and the government. Shanahan held discussions in Kabul .. Rahul shuts door on BSP-SP alliance, says Cong will contest polls with full might Lucknow: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday virtually shut the doors on the BSP and Samajwadi Party and said that while he respected their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, there should be no doubt that his .. Trinamool links BJP with killing of its party MLA IANS Kolkata Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday blamed the BJP for party MLA Satyajit Biswas’ murder and claimed those who are seeking protection from central leaders in Delhi will be brought back and put .. Chinese woman in trouble after throwing drink at Philippine cop Manila: A Philippine police officer on Monday filed criminal complaints against a Chinese woman who threw a soft tofu drink at him during an argument at an overhead train station in the capital. Police officer William .. EU threatens to end Cambodia’s trade perks on rights record Brussels: The European Union launched proceedings Monday against Cambodia that could see the south-east Asian country lose its preferential trade access to the bloc if it does not improve its record on human rights, .. Toppled Malaysian leader Najib’s 1MDB trial delayed AFP Kuala Lumpur Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government’s downfall was postponed Monday, in a blow to slow-moving efforts to bring the .. No one in India can repay cow’s debt, says PM Modi Vrindavan: PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that no one in the country can repay the debt of the cow’s milk, saying the bovine has been an important part of India’s tradition and culture. At a public gathering here, the Prime ..