DOH confirms 4th polio case in Mindanao

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported another case of polio on Tuesday, the fourth since the Philippines ‘ re-emergence.

Mindanao is the fourth event. The DOH did not reveal the victim’s name.

The confirmation came after research by the Tropical Medicine Research Institute and the Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement.

Duque also said that in the third and fourth cases of municipalities, the DOH is implementing a targeted vaccination campaign for all children under the age of 5.

The third confirmed case is a 4-year-old girl from Maguindanao’s Datu Piang City who was not given an oral polio vaccine (OPV).

DOH records 3rd case of polio in Maguindanao The next round of polio vaccinations are scheduled for all of Mindanao from 25 November to 8 December 2019.

The DOH announced the re-emergence of polio in the Philippines last September 19 years after the nation was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization.

In addition to the cases in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, a polio case in Laguna was also confirmed by the DOH in September.

Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by an invasion of the nervous system by the poliovirus.

Symptoms include fever, tiredness, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and a sudden onset of arms or legs with a floppy. Severe cases of polio can also lead to permanent paralysis or death.

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