Philippines Declares Polio Outbreak After 19 Years Free of the Disease

The country ’s health secretary said that government scientists had confirmed one case in the southern province of Lanao del Sur and were looking at another suspected case.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Philippines World Health Organization Epidemics Source Type: news

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