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Bacolod inmates get measles shots after ‘outbreak’

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Inmates of the Metro Bacolod District Jail in Barangay Handumanan received a measles-rubella mass immunization after an outbreak of fever and rashes among male inmates.

City Health Office Environmental Sanitation Division head Dr. Grace Tan said they administered the vaccines to both male and female inmates.

“We label it as suspected measles unless it is confirmed by laboratory test, through oropharyngeal swab, nasopharyngeal swab or serum, by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine,” Tan said (Bacolod inmates get measles shot amid fever, rash outbreak).

The CHO said some 800 inmates and jail staff at the Male Dormitory Annex were immunized. Some 205 female inmates and jail staff were inoculated at the female dormitory.

Earlier, some 25 male inmates were found to have suspected measles. Of these, 19 have been isolated.

Tan said symptoms were noted among the male inmates in the last week of October. She said the transmission of measles may be fast since the jail is a contained area.

She said the CHO coordinated with the immunization coordinators of the Department of Health-Western Visayas in planning the mass vaccination.