Manila, Feb. 11 -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas reported on Monday that it has already deployed health teams in some areas to help control the spread of measles as the number of cases is expected to rise in the next few weeks.

DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon said the disease has already killed 11 children and downed 268 others as of February 9.

Molon said the outbreak in the region has prompted the main office to include Leyte and Samar provinces among the top 10 areas in the country with high measles cases.

About 107 new cases were added from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11 alone, indicating a rapid spread of the virus.

Most cases were recorded by health workers in Leyte province specifically in Tacloban City (64 cases), Pal...