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Mexico becomes 5th-hardest hit country in pandemic, surpassing France

Jul 05, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The US remains the hardest-hit country in the world, followed by Brazil, Britain and Italy

PANDEMIC. A paramedic (R) checks an elderly woman with blood pressure problems in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State, Mexico, on June 18, 2020 during the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Finally, more coronavirus-hit health workers receive gov't compensation

Jun 07, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The Department of Health says families of 25 out of 32 health workers who died due to the coronavirus received funds promised to them, while checks for 10 of the 42 health workers severely infected are ready

HIGH RISK. Workers wear personal protective equipment inside the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Building in Delpan, Tondo on June 2, 2020.  Photo by Dante Diosina JR/Rappler

DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country's history comes just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th in the east

EBOLA. This handout picture released by Doctors Without Borders on November 14, 2019, shows a health worker preparing a syringe before administrating it as a first injection of the new Ebola vaccine to people at the MSF facilities in the North Kivu capital of Goma. AFP PHOTO/HO/MSF

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

VOLATILE REGION. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Filipino nurses: The world's frontliners vs the coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 4:21 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic, Filipino nurses are thrust to the front lines across the globe, bound by a duty to care for the sickest

WORLD'S FRONT LINERS. Filipino nurses all over the world.


Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Researchers estimate the coronavirus will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people, lasting at least several months based on the first available data

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: PH rising up from a year of outbreaks

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?

Second person dies from SARS-linked virus in China

Jan 11, 2020 - 11:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Local authorities say a 69-year-old man died on January 15 in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the epicenter of an outbreak of a coronavirus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen

Measles kills more than 5,000 in DR Congo this year – WHO

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The World Health Organization says, the 'outbreak is the largest outbreak worldwide. It is one of the largest that we have seen.' As of November 17, the country had registered 250,270 measles cases, including 5,110 deaths.

OUTBREAK. A child reacts as he receives an injection during the nationwide vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and polio targeting all children under 15 years old in Nkozi town.  Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

DOH Bicol warns region is high risk for polio outbreak

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:43 PM

DOH Bicol is aiming to immunize from polio about 125,000 children below five years old

VACCINE. File photo of a child receiving the anti-polio vaccine in Baseco Compound in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A test conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan confirms the country's 4th case

VACCINATION. Children get their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila, on October 14, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The World Mosquito Program is rolling out trials to breed dengue-resistant bugs in a bid to tackle one of the world's leading mosquito-borne illnesses, raising hopes the untreatable disease can finally be beaten

In the Philippines, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the primary and secondary mosquito vectors. File photo of Aedes albopictus from WikiCommons

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM

An explainer on the viral disease with the grim nickname 'breakbone fever'

EPIDEMIC. File photo of a hospital packed with dengue patients. DOH photo

Dengue outbreak declared in Aklan

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores urges local officials and communities to also take proactive steps against dengue as the province records 2,121 cases in the first half of 2019 – a 157% increase over the same period in 2018

OUTBREAK. Dengue patients admitted at the Aklan provincial hospital in Kalibo, Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Iloilo governor declares dengue outbreak

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Over 3,000 cases of dengue have been recorded in the province since January 2019

CASES INCREASING. Dengue is a disease common in tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world. Photo from Shutterstock

DOH still far from reaching vaccination target

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says only 11% of the target vaccination coverage rate of 95% has been reached, so far

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Community vaccination in response to the measles uutbreak takes place in the Baseco, Manila on February 16, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH to vaccinate 9 million schoolchildren

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 9 million children are crucial to achieving the target vaccination coverage 5 months after a measles outbreak was declared

VACCINE PROGRAM. The Department of Health relaunches its school based immunization program on July 3, 2019 at the Signal Village National High School, Taguig City. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

DOH to declare measles outbreak over only when vaccination target reached

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Health officials want to reach vaccination coverage of 95% or over 13 million people

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers continue to vaccinate children after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak several regions in the country. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Measles cases decreasing but outbreak not yet over – Duque

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the health department still needs to reach its target vaccination coverage of 95%

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Patients stricken with measles overflowed the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila during the first few weeks of the outbreak in February 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The state of emergency comes during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement

OUTBREAK. Rockland county in New York declares a state of emergency over measles outbreak. Image via Shutterstock

DOH holds emergency meeting on high measles cases in Rizal

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Health officials say 2,737 measles cases and 121 deaths in Rizal province were recorded from January 1 to March 19, nearly half of the total cases in Calabazon for that period

EMERGENCY CONFERENCE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asks local officials step up immunization efforts in Rizal province. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

Over half of infants, toddlers in measles immunization program now vaccinated

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 54% of children 6 to 59 months old – the DOH's priority group for immunization – have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease

FIGHTING MEASLES. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doctors say people's reluctance to go to hospitals and opposition to vaccinations make it difficult to curb measles cases in Madagascar

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2019, Soa Robethine (C) and her two year-old daughter Frangeline who is sick with measles are treated at a Basic Health Centre Level 2 (CSB 2) in the village of Anivorano, North Antsiranana on the outskirts of Antsiranana. - At least 926 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases. (Photo by Mamyrael / AFP)

DOH monitors rise in dengue cases amid measles outbreak

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Health Secretary Francico Duque urges the public to search for and destroy possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes to avoid possible dengue cases in communities

CASES INCREASING. The DOH says over 30,000 cases of dengue have been recorded as of February 23, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Large study again confirms MMR vaccine does not cause autism

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

This study follows more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism

A child reacts during a Philippine Read Cross Measles Outbreak Vaccination Response in Baseco compound, a slum area in Manila on February 16, 2019. - A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

PH among top countries with highest increase in measles cases – Unicef

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore warns 'alarmingly high levels' of measles cases worldwide will have 'disastrous consequences' for children if not enough is done to strengthen immunization campaigns

HOSPITALIZED. Patients stricken with measles fill the pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

Still not enough people getting measles vaccine, says DOH

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that the measles vaccine is safe and that the necessary doses are ready for its mass immunization campaign

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations  after the Department of Health (DOH) announced an outbreak in several regions in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Mistrust in vaccination reflects mistrust in broken health system

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The fear stoked by the lack of accountability cannot be quelled by diverting the issue from the root cause of the alleged hysteria, especially when there have been gaps in achieving vaccination targets for several years

Photo from shutterstock

Why are measles cases still rising? Duque explains

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says cases are only expected to subside once the government achieves its target of 95% vaccination coverage

OUTBREAK CONTROL. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque visit the measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Measles cases breach 8,000-mark over a week since outbreak

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

DOH says the number of deaths has climbed to 136, nearly double the number in just 7 days

TREATMENT. Measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 7, 2019 after a measles outbreak was declared in several regions in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Measles vaccination in tents, fast-food chains

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The government targets to vaccinate about 12 million Filipinos against measles through its mass immunization campaign

MORE SPACE. Measles patients stay at the Red cross missiles care unit at San Lazaro in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH records 40 deaths in Calabarzon measles outbreak

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Antipolo City in Rizal has recorded the highest number of measles cases in the region

MEASLES OUTBREAK. A health worker prepares to vaccinate a child. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

DOH, DepEd create task force for measles outbreak response in schools

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Department of Health is targeting to vaccinate some 7 million children from kindergarten to Grade 7

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers vaccinate children below 5 years old and below after the DOH announced a measles outbreak. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Measles cases in Philippines still rising – Duque

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The health department has tapped other government agencies to help conduct a mass immunization campaign in response to the outbreak

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque inspects tents set up to treat the influx of measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gov't conducts mass immunization campaign to fight measles outbreak

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says government efforts are focused in completing the mass immunization in the quickest possible time

VACCINATION EFFORTS. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccinations to children in Payatas, Quezon City on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Love trumps fear: Payatas parents get babies vaccinated

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Some mothers choose to get their children vaccinated against measles even as their husbands remain wary of immunization

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations after the Department of Health announced a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH Calabarzon creates task force to address increase in measles cases

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Calabarzon is the region with the highest number of deaths due to measles, as of February 10

PROTECTION. Health workers vaccinate children as part of immunization response activities after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak on February 6, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

6 dead in Central Luzon due to measles

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Bulacan has the most number of suspected cases of measles in Central Luzon, followed by Pampanga, according to DOH Region 3

At least 70 deaths due to measles – DOH

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says almost 4 out of 5 fatalities were not vaccinated for measles

Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Malacañang to LGUs: Get involved in immunization info drive

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Under the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, the DOH and other government agencies, NGOs, professional and academic societies, and LGUs must have information campaigns on immunization

HOME SERVICE. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang says health workers are going directly to communities and even schools to administer the measles vaccine to children

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE IMMUNIZATON. Health workers around the Philippines have gone out of health centers to administer free measles vaccines to children in their communities, after a spike in cases was observed in parts of the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo appeals to parents: Vaccinate your children vs measles

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'Hindi ito panahon para sa pulitika o alitan, panahon ito para sa pagkilos,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as the Philippines deals with outbreaks of measles

YES TO VACCINATION. Vice President Leni Robredo wants parents to vaccinate their children against measles. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

Año: Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'Pinag-usapan 'yan sa Cabinet.... Natakot magpa-immunize ang mga magulang [ng] mga anak nila,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

SCARE BLAMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año speaks to reporters at the National Federalism Summit at the Manila Hotel. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler