CDC issues warning to travelers about Philippines’ September polio outbreak

TRAVELER CAUTION: The CDC warned that those who have not been vaccinated for polio are particularly susceptible to the disease, especially young children

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 03, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that all travelers to the Philippines be fully

The entrance to the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei is pictured on Saturday.
Photo: Lin Hui-chin, Taipei Times

vaccinated against polio, as the country declared an outbreak of the disease on Sept. 19.

The risk of the disease spreading further throughout the country is high due to a limited vaccination coverage rate.

The Philippines has confirmed three cases to date. All three were caused either by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) or the lack of prior vaccination, the CDC said.

It said the WHO on Oct. 25 assessed the risk of further spread within the Philippines to be high due to a population immunity of about 66 percent.    [FULL  STORY]

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