These regions need to scale up their response against measles and have all unvaccinated children vaccinated against measles, to stop it from spreading.
At least 22 people, mostly children, have died but the tally is expected to rise.
Manila - The health department in the Philippines announced on Thursday an outbreak of measles in the Manila metropolitan area and other regions that has caused 22 deaths.
There has been "a big, big difference", he said.
Based on data presented by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the number of measles cases at the National Capital Region from 1 to 19 January 2019 has reached 196 cases as compared to 20 cases reported in the said region at the same time period in 2018.More news: Man Suing Parents For Giving Birth To Him
The DOH earlier admitted that their vaccination coverage rate had dropped to 60 percent following the controversy surrounding Dengvaxia with parents refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear that they would suffer adverse side effects. The move was welcomed by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo Thursday, even as he acknowledged that Acosta may have scared the public from getting immunized.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, the DOH explains in its health bulletin.
The recommendation of a House of Representative panel to file criminal and administrative charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and several others over the botched Dengvaxia vaccination program is "politically-motivated", detained Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday.
Public health advocates opposing the programme warned at the time that the vaccine could lead to deadlier strains of the disease.
In 2017, French firm Sanofi Pasteur disclosed that the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine posed risks to people, who had not been infected before immunisation.More news: Ariana Grande thinks Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are 'cute' together
That triggered investigations in Congress.
A study a year ago (2018) by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said public confidence in vaccines in the Philippines plunged to 32 per cent from 93 per cent in 2015 because of the government's "highly politicised" response to the Dengvaxia scare.
Partial report of CHD-6's immunization coverage showed that only 61 percent of babies, who were supposed to have their first dose at nine months old, had been vaccinated. It it likely to have fallen further previous year.
Appealing to parents to have their children vaccinated, he said: "Your children's lives, their future, are in your hands".More news: Google’s high-speed internet pulling out of Louisville