The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the third reported case of polio in the country – a four-year old female from Datu Piang, Maguindanao.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the child did not receive any dose of the oral polio vaccine.
“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. Presenting signs and symptoms were fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle pain,” DOH said.
It said the stool samples, which were sent on October 24 to National Institute of Infectious Diseases – Japan, tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (VDPV2).
The Health department said the polio virus isolated was genetically linked to the VDPV2 from the confirmed polio case in Morogong, Lanao del Sur, the first case of polio in the country after 19 years and was reported last September.
It said it is also awaiting results and confirmation of another suspected case of polio as samples were also sent abroad for testing.
With the reported polio case, the DOH said vaccination campaign is scheduled in Datu Piang on November 4-8 targeting 4,254 children aged 0 to 59 months.