Explainer: How to protect our family amidst polio outbreak?

Explainer: How to protect our family amidst polio outbreak?

Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the re-emergence of polio virus in the country after 19 years.

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KAMI learned that while there is no cure for polio yet, there are some ways you could do to protect yourself and your family.

Polio is a highly viral infectious disease that mostly affects young children. In some cases, polio could cause paralysis or even death.

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Here are some tips, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines:

  • Make sure to have the polio vaccine
  • Observe proper hygiene; wash hands regularly with soap
  • Eat fully cooked food
  • Drink clean and safe water
  • Use a toilet

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As previously reported by KAMI, the health department is set to have a free polio vaccine campaign as a response to the outbreak.

The DOH has confirmed that a 3-year-old in Lanao del Sur has acquired the polio virus. The department also urges the parents to have their children vaccinated.

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