Measles outbreak in the Philippines kills 55 children since 2019
Health officials say low public trust in vaccines has dropped vaccination rates significantly.
A measles outbreak in the Philippines‘s capital, Manila, is spreading.
The health department reported a 550 percent increase in cases nationwide, with 55 deaths since January.
Vaccination efforts have been hampered by a recent vaccine corruption scandal in which children may have been given an unsafe dengue fever vaccine as part of a mass immunisation programme, weakening trust in health officials.
Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.
Published On 8 Feb 2019