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WHO: Measles can kill 6,000 in Philippines annually
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16:44, November 13, 2007

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The World Health Organization on Tuesday warned that unless vaccination drive be effectively pushed through, measles could kill up to 6,000 children in the Philippines in a single year.

In a press release sent from the organization's West Pacific region headquarters in Manila, WHO said though the Philippines is halfway through a national anti-measles campaign, only 1.78 million, or just 20 percent of the targeted children, received vaccination.

"Measles outbreaks, which have plagued the country for almost a year, will continue to spread unless a greater number of children are vaccinated," the organization said in the report.

But it did not disclose the measles fatalities in the country so far in the year.

Secretary of Health of the Philippines, Francisco Duque III, has urged all governors, mayors, health officers and staff to join him in the quest to make the Philippines free of measles, the report said.

Source: Xinhua

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