VDPV found in Manila sewage; Philippines dengue toll mounting in 11 regions

Vaccine-derived poliovirus has been detected in two samples taken from a Manila sewage pump station. With polio immunisation rates among the city’s under 5 population less than 50% currently (the oral polio vaccine is used in the early childhood schedule), local and international health agencies are assisting in response measures which include heightened surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis. See all polio news from the GPEI.  

DENGUE FEVER alerts or epidemics hold sway in 11 of the country’s 17 regions with highest infection rates recorded in the Western Visayas, Calabarzon, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga peninsula. For the year to mid-August, the WHO Philippines Office reports there have been 229,736 cases and 958 associated deaths across the country. Read More.

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