The Philippines has promptly announced the second case of polio in a 5-year-old boy from Laguna. This comes promptly a day after the DOH” The Department of Health” detected the first case in a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur. The girl was paralyzed as a direct consequence.
Formerly, The Philippines proclaimed an outbreak of polio, 19 years after the World Health Organization announced that the country is free from infectious disease.
According to the World Health Organization, “Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.
Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis”.