Manila - At least 70 people, mostly children under the age of five, have died from measles in the Philippines since the start of the year, the Department of Health said Monday.
The death toll from January 1 to February 9 more than doubled compared to the same period last year, the department said.
A total of 4 302 cases of measles have been reported throughout the country, it added.
A total of 34% of the patients were between the ages of one and four, while 27% were less than 9 months old.
"Of the total deaths, ages ranged from one month to 31 years old," the department said. "Notably, 79% of those who died had no history of vaccination."