DOH urges sick devotees to skip Black Nazarene procession

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2014 05:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2014 01:24 AM

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is urging Black Nazarene devotees who are not feeling well to skip the procession on Thursday, January 9.

This is due to an outbreak of measles, which is a highly contagious illness, DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said.

According to the DOH, over 1,500 cases of measles were recorded nationwide in 2013, with at least 21 deaths.

An outbreak has been declared in parts of Metro Manila including Quiapo, Sampaloc, Tondo, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, Port Area and Sta. Mesa in Manila; Dagat-Dagatan and Bagong Barrio in Caloocan City; Talon 5, Talon 2, and Pamplona Uno in Las Piñas; and Longos and Tonsuya in Malabon.

Outbreaks were also detected in Alabang and Putatan in Muntinlupa; North Bay Boulevard South in Navotas; Moonwalk and Don Bosco in Parañaque; Bagong Tanyag in Taguig, and Ugong in Valenzuela.

Some 12 million devotees are expected to join the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene towards the the Basilica Minore in Quiapo on January 9. -- Report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News