Philippines: Polio outbreak
Created: 15/10/2019 +


On 19 September, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) declared a national outbreak of polio following the confirmation of a polio case reported in Lanao del Sur province (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). As of 8 October 2019, there are two confirmed polio case after a second child from Laguna province (Calabarzon region) has been diagnosed with polio. In both cases the outbreak was caused by infection with a circulating vaccine-derived polio type 2 (cVDPV2). In addition, environmental samples have been tested positively for traces of the polio virus both for cVDPV1 and cVDPV2 types.