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Suspected measles cases in CPRDC rose to 51

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

The number of suspected measles cases affecting the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) rose to 51 as of June 27 morning.

While others have recovered, some 27 inmates who are all experiencing measles-like symptoms remained isolated to prevent the spread of the disease.

In their initial laboratory test, Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu) 7 reported 11 tested positive of measles. This prompted Resu 7 Head Renan Cimafranca to declare measles outbreak in CPDRC.

Acting Jail Warden Romeo Manansala said they discovered the first suspected cases of measles last June 9. The number increased to more than 20 on June 16.

Manansala said the inmates’ visitors are no longer allowed to go beyond the visiting room except their spouses.

He also urged the visitors not to bring children as they are most vulnerable to the virus.

Visitors who want to watch the dancing inmates’ performance every last Saturday of the month will still be allowed to watch inside. But they will be confined to the left side of the stage as the other side was made a quarantined area for those afflicted with measles.