Philippines Health Officials Report 2nd Polio Case, Announce Vaccination Program For Children Under 5

CNN Philippines: DOH confirms second polio case in PH
“A day after health officials declared an outbreak of the disease in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in the country. In a statement, DOH announced that a five-year-old boy from Laguna is the second confirmed case of the infectious disease, which causes nerve injury leading to possible paralysis…” (9/20).

Reuters: Philippines to vaccinate millions as polio virus resurfaces in 2 children
“…Health officials appealed to parents and care givers of children to take part in the government’s polio vaccination program, which comes as the Philippines grapples to tackle twin outbreaks of dengue and measles that have killed more than 1,000 people since January, most of them children. … Vaccination teams will aim to administer polio drops to every child younger than five, [Rolando Enrique Domingo, an undersecretary of the Department of Health,] added…” (Lema/Morales, 9/20).

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