After 19 years of being a Polio-free country, the Department of Health (DOH) confirms that Polio has reappeared in the Philippines.
Polio or Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted from person to person via the fecal-oral route and by aerosol droplets thru the mouth. It affects the nervous system and can cause total paralysis. Initial symptoms of Polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, uneven muscle weakness, and pain in the limbs. This eventually progresses to limb wasting and deformity. There is no real cure for Polio. Disease management involves treating the complications, especially on the limbs or helping patients live with the deformities. The only real treatment is prevention with multiple doses of Polio vaccine.
The DOH now intensifies the efforts to prevent Polio outbreak through mass vaccination. The re-emergence seems to have been a side effect of parents avoiding vaccination for their children due to the recent Dengvaxia vaccination scare. Rest assured that the Polio vaccine has been around for decades and has been proven safe and effective. Please view the following link: https://youtu.be/jPVYusAZqGQ