Cebu river tests positive for poliovirus

February 16, 2020

THE Department of Health has announced that the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) confirmed that the environmental samples from Butuanon River in Mandaue City, Cebu have tested positive for poliovirus.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the DOH is closely coordinating with the World Health Organization for an appropriate vaccination response.

Duque added the department is also assisting the cities of Cabanatuan and Mandaue to improve their Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance capacities including their identification and reporting mechanisms.

“It is important that we are able to timely detect any acute onset of paralysis in children - especially within our communities. We have evidence that the poliovirus continues to spread. Our aim is to promptly diagnose and treat all possible polio cases,” he said.

On Saturday, the DOH confirmed the 17th polio case -- a one-year-old boy from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

The DOH campaign Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio in the National Capital Region and all regions of Mindanao continues. It will run from February 17-March 1 in all regions of Mindanao and February 24-March 8 in Metro Manila.