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Parents in Taiwan with kids advised to be aware when visiting the Philippines due to polio

Parents in Taiwan are advised to be aware if they are planning to visit the Philippines with their kids. Philippines currently recorded confirmed cases of polio.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and infectious disease, it is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person, it is very contagious and spreads through person-to-person contact specially to children.

The confirmed cases involved children aged 3 to 5, from the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Laguna and Maguindanao.

The latest confirmed case is a four-year old female from Maguindanao, who tested positive for poliovirus type 2, found to be genetically linked to the Lanao del Sur case. 

There will be an outbreak immunization activity on 4-8 November. for more than 21,000 children under 5 years from 3 municipalities in the area.

Current polio outbreak in the Philippines resulting from persistently low routine immunization coverage, and poor sanitation and hygiene.

PH's Department of Health (DOH) will be conducting an outbreak immunization activity in for more than 21,000 children under 5 from 3 municipalities connected to the newly confirmed polio case.

Campaigns have been conducted to urge Filipino visitors and migrant workers in Taiwan to get polio shots. Resident of Taiwan are encouraged to ensure they are immune against polio before traveling to the Philippines.


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