- The Department of H
ealth confirmed that pol io is now a re-emerging dis ease in the Philippines
- 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur is the first pol
io c ase in 19 years
- In 2000, Philippines was declared pol
io-free by the World H ealth Organization
io is now a re-emerging dis ease in the Philippines, the Department of H ealth (DOH) confirmed after recording one case in Mindanao; less than two decades after the Philippines was declared pol io-free by the World H ealth Organization (WHO).
io is an inf ecti0us dis ease that spreads rapidly and causes par alys is. There is no cur e for this and it can only be prevented with multiple d0ses of pol io v accines that have long been proven s afe and effective.
According to the DOH, a three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur is the first pol
io c ase in 19 years. In addition, the pol iov iru s has been detected in samples taken from sewage in Manila and waterways in Davao as part of the regular environmental surveillance. The samples were tested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and verified by the Japan National Institute for Inf ecti0us Dis eases and the United States Centers for Dis ease Control and Prevention.
Since the country is already free from it since 2000, a single confirmed cas
e of v accine-derived pol io v irus type 2 (VDPV2) or two positive environmental samples that are genetically linked isolated in two different locations is already considered an epid emic.
At present, the DOH is in close coordination with local government units and concerned national agencies; and supported by the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and other partners. It is preparing a rapid response to the outbr
eak; including series of synchronized oral v accin ations beginning in October 2019.
“We str0ngly urg
e parents, h ealth workers, and local governments to fully participate in the synchronized pol io v accin ation,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, “It is the only way to stop the pol io outbr eak and to protect your child.”
He also remind the public “to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, use t0ilets, drink saf
e water, and cook food thoroughly.”