River in Cebu Tests Positive for Poliovirus Allegedly Due to Human Waste

Cebu river tests positive for poliovirus

CEBU – A river in Mandaue has tested positive for poliovirus, allegedly due to human waste from households in the area.

Poliovirus is a type of highly infectious virus that can cause poliomyelitis, commonly known as polio, which is a disease that affects the nervous system and can lead to paralysis or even death.

The primary mode of transmission for poliovirus is through the fecal-oral route, which means that the virus is present in the feces of an infected person and can spread to others through contaminated food, water, or surfaces. In addition to this, the virus can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. While most people infected with poliovirus do not show any symptoms, some may experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, and gastrointestinal upset.


Currently, there is no cure for polio, but the disease can be prevented through vaccination. The polio vaccine is highly effective and has been used for over 60 years to successfully eradicate polio in many parts of the world. However, some countries still report cases of polio, and the disease remains a threat in areas with poor sanitation and low vaccination rates.

Meanwhile, a river in Mandaue, Cebu has tested positive for poliovirus, allegedly due to human waste from households in the area. It turned out to be positive after an examination done by the City Health Office. Acting Vice Mayor Nerissa Soon Ruiz, who is also a doctor, believes that the waste from people’s homes has made its way into the river.

Although no cases of polio have been reported in the city, the local government has warned residents not to drink water from the river. The Department of Health stated that polio is typically contracted by consuming contaminated food or drink with poliovirus-infected human waste. While there is no cure for polio, it can be prevented through vaccination.

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