By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Philippines health officials reported Monday on a third confirmed polio case in the country. The case is a four-year old female from Datu Piang in the Province of Maguindanao who did not receive any dose of the oral polio vaccine (OPV).
The patient was initially reported as a case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) last September 26, 2019, after seeking consultation at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
On October 24, stool samples sent to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases – Japan tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (VDPV2). The polio virus isolated was genetically linked to the VDPV2 from the confirmed Polio case in Morogong, Lanao del Sur.
Samples from another suspected case were sent for testing, awaiting results and confirmation.
As part of its polio response, the DOH will be conducting a vaccination campaign in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. This is scheduled on November 4-8 to vaccinate 4,254 children aged 0 to 59 months. Related to this, the Health Chief assured that stocks of OPV are sufficient and that preparations are underway.