By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
BUTUAN City – Measles cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in the Caraga, recording an increase of 513 percent, and 32 reported deaths since January.
In the latest update from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Center of the Center for Health Development, a total of 1,680 measle cases have been reported in the region as of Aug. 24, a far cry from the 274 cases during the same period last year.
Of the 32 reported deaths, 27 were in Agusan del Sur, three from Surigao City, and one for each for Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte.
Agusan del Sur reported the most number of cases with 571, Surigao City with 334, Surigao del Norte with 215, Surigao del Sur with 143, Butuan City with 167 cases, Dinagat Islands with 65 and Agusan del Norte with 62, Bayugan City with 47, Cabadbaran City with 25 cases, Tandag City with 32, and Bislig City with 19 cases.
From July 28 to Aug. 24, about 28 new cases were reported.
The town of La Paz in Agusan del Sur recorded the most number of new cases with 12 from barangays Kasapa II and Sagunto. The town of Socorro in Siargao Island followed with seven cases in barangays Rizal and Sering.
Barangay Anticala in Butuan City recorded three new cases, Surigao City’s Barangay San Juan had three, and two cases were documented in Bahbah, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.