On 19 September 2019, the Philippine Government thru the Department of Health, declared a Polio Epidemic, as two (2) cases of Poliomyelitis were confirmed (VDPV2). In addition to this finding, environmental samples taken from the sewage of Manila yielded positive result for VDPV Type 1 for two (2) consecutive months after an initial positive sample for VDPV Type1.
The World Health Organization stated that the risk of international spread of Polio is low, however, the risk of transmission and recirculation of the Polio virus within the Philippines is high due to low population immunity.
The Philippine Department of Health, as the lead agency mandated to ensure health of all its citizens, and visitors, hereby recommends the following measures, to provide protection and assurance to all concerned.
For all travelers entering the Philippines:
For all travelers leaving the Philippines:
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