- The Department of Health has confirmed that polio is now back in the Philippines
- A case of polio has been reported in Lanao del Sur
- The health department encourages all parents to have their children vaccinated
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The Department of Health (DOH) has revealed that the Philippines is no longer polio-free after 19 years.
KAMI learned it has been confirmed that a 3-year-old girl in Lanao del Sur has acquired the virus.
"A single confirmed polio case of vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 or two positive environmental samples that are genetically linked isolated in two different locations is considered an epidemic in a polio-free country,” DOH said, as reported by ABS-CBN News (author Raphael Bosano).
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The health department also said that there is “no cure” for polio. It can only be prevented through getting multiple polio vaccines.
In a report by the Philippine Star (author Gaea Katreena Cabico), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged the parents to have their children vaccinated.
“We strongly urge parents, health workers and local governments to fully participate in the synchronized polio vaccination. It is the only way to stop the polio outbreak and to protect your child against this paralyzing disease,” Duque said.
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In a previous report by KAMI, the DOH has declared National Dengue Epidemic. There have been 146,062 reported cases of dengue since January.
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