In September, the DOH said it plans to vaccinate 5.5 million children against polio amid the reemergence of the virus in the country. (GMA News/PN) “Ienjoin all parents and guardians, to ensure that all of your children areprotected from all vaccine-preventable diseases,” Duque said. A four-year-old female from Datu Piang in Maguindanao tested positive for poliovirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duquesaid in a statement on Monday. Therecent fatality had not received any dose of oral polio vaccine, the DOH said. On Oct. 24, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said the stool samples from the patient tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (VDPV2). Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination. The Department of Health on Oct. 28 confirmed the third case of polio in the country since it declared an outbreak in September. NYTIMES MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) reported the third confirmedcase of polio in the country. The first confirmed polio case in the country after 19 years was a 3-year-old girl in Morogong, Lanao del Sur, while the second was a 5-year-old boy from Laguna. Thepoliovirus isolated by the institute was genetically linked to the VDPV2 from apatient previously confirmed to have polio in Lanao del Sur. TheDOH, World Health Organization, and United Nations Children’s Fund are also setto meet with officials of Datu Piang from Monday to Tuesday to discuss theoutbreak response. Duquesaid the health department will be conducting a massive vaccination campaign inDatu Piang from November 4 to 8 for an estimated 4,254 children between 0 to 59months. Meanwhile,samples from another suspected polio case have already been sent to thelaboratory for testing. Accordingto Duque, the patient was initially diagnosed with acute flaccid paralysis onSeptember 26 by the Cotabato Regional Medical Center after displaying symptomslike fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle pain.