DOH confirms third polio case

Published October 28, 2019, 1:21 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Gabriela Baron and Betheena Unite

More than a month after the polio outbreak was declared in the Philip­pines due to two confirmed polio cases, a third case was confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday.


According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the third confirmed case was a four-year old female from Datu Piang in Maguindanao province who has yet to be administered any polio vaccine (PV).

The patient was initially reported as a case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) last September 26,after seeking consultation at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center, presenting signs and symptoms were fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle pain.

Stool samples were sent to the National Institute of Infectious Disease – Japan on October 24 and tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (VDPV2).

The virus was genetically linked to the VDPV2 from the confirmed Polio case in Morogong, Lanao del Sur.

Vaccination in Maguindano pushed

The confirmed case prompted the health department to conduct a vaccination campaign in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on November 4 to 8 to vaccinate 4,254 children aged 0 to 59 months.

The Health Chief assured that stocks of OPV are sufficient and that preparations are under way.

“I enjoin all parents and guardians, to ensure that all of your children are protected from all vaccine-preventable diseases,” Duque said.

He added that the DOH, World Health Organization, and United Nations Children’s Fund will meet with the local officials of Datu Piang on Monday until Tuesday to discuss the outbreak response.

The first confirmed polio case in the Philippines was the case of a three-year-old girl in Lanao del Sur. The second case came a day after the first one was discovered. It was the case of a five-year-old boy in Laguna