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Southeast Asia scrambles to contain measles outbreak

Disease strains Philippine health budgets, while measles-free nations face threats

MANILA -- Authorities in Southeast Asia are beefing up measles vaccinations to help curb a resurgence of the disease in the region and prevent further spreading across Asia amid a global outbreak.

The World Health Organization has declared an outbreak in 11 countries around the world, including three in Southeast Asia: the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar. Globally, measles cases have soared 300% in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, following consecutive increases in the past two years.

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