Reemergence of polio in the Philippines
LATEST UPDATE: November 27, 2019 - 4:11pm
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November 27, 2019

The Department of Health said 26 out of 142 environmental samples collected and tested from eight regions yielded polio virus.

Twenty-five of the samples were from the National Capital Region while one was from Davao City. The samples were taken from sewage treatment plants and bodies of water in areas without treatment plants.

— with reports from The STAR/Sheila Crisostomo

November 20, 2019

The Department of Health confirms three new polio cases in Mindanao, raising to seven the total number of cases in the country.

— with reports from The STAR/Sheila Crisostomo

October 28, 2019

The Department of Health has confirmed that a four-year-old girl in Datu Piang, Maguindanao is the third case of polio in the Philippines, News5 reports.

The resurgence of polio comes after the Philippines was declared polio-free nearly two decades ago.

October 27, 2019

Taguig topped the local government units in the National Capital Region in its implementation of the government's "Sabayang Patak kontra Polio" (SPV) campaign, the city's public information office says.

"On the 11th day of the 14-day program, Taguig received a rating of 102 percent, snatching the highest score among the cities and municipality of NCR. It successfully vaccinated a total number of 96,866 children in its vicinity," the city says, adding the data was validated by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

October 7, 2019

The Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) will conduct a mass polio immunization campaign in Marawi City, the Bureau of Public Information says.

The campaign comes after the confirmation of a poliovirus case in a three-year-old girl in Lanao del Sur last month.

MOH-BARMM Information Officer Saida Diocolano-Ali says the immunization campaign will be conducted on October 14 –27, and will cover children up to five years old.

The vaccines will be administered for free.

September 23, 2019

The World Health Organization issues a reminder that all children younger than five need to receive vaccination against polio, which the Department of Health found to have reoccurred in the Philippines years after it was supposed to be eradicated.

Physician Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the WHO representative in the Philippines, tells ANC that the viruses appear to have been circulating sometime before 2015 in the country.

The DOH links the reemerge of polio to the renewed fears of parents over vaccines, influenced by the controversy over Dengvaxia, the dengue vaccine, last year.

The Department of Health reported last week that the near-extinct disease of polio suddenly reappeared in the Philippines. This is a thread on the issue.

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