DOH confirms 4th polio case in Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5)— The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed another case of polio in the country, after the infectious disease reappeared in September.

In a statement Tuesday, DOH said the fourth polio case was recorded in Mindanao—after tests by international medical organizations yielded positive results. The location of the child infected by polio remains unclear at this time.

The first confirmed case of the type 2 polio—a three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur—earlier prompted authorities to declare a nationwide outbreak of the disease.

The second and third confirmed cases were a five-year-old boy from Laguna and a four-year-old girl from Maguindanao.

Health research reveals there is no cure for polio, which causes nerve injury leading to possible paralysis. A disease which can be fatal on rare occasions, polio can only be prevented through multiple doses of vaccines.

DOH said it will carry out a targeted vaccination campaign for all children below five years old in the municipalities where the third and fourth cases were found.

With the new case, DOH renewed its call for the public to practice proper hygiene to help stop the spread of polio virus, which is typically transmitted through the fecal-oral route.