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Possible Dengvaxia fatality reported in Bataan

Dec 7, 2017 @ 7:24

In light of the controversy about the adverse effects of Dengvaxia, a dengue vaccine developed by Sanofi Pasteur and was used by the Department of Health in, a group claimed on Thursday that a 10-year-old girl from Bataan died of severe dengue six months after receiving the vaccine.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chair Dante Jimenez said the parents of the girl who came from the town of Mariveles told them that she had no prior dengue history when Sisiman Elementary School gave her the vaccine on April 6, 2016.

But according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque, the case is still subject to validation. The department is currently looking into two supposed deaths in Bataan due to Dengvaxia, but it was not clear if the 10-year-old was one of them.

There are contrasting claims about the real cause of the two deaths. Duque said Bataan Representative Joet Garcia told him that talks among local officials indicated that the deaths were “because they received the dengue vaccine,” but the health officials say they were because of a “preexisting condition.”

The Dengvaxia was rolled out by the Department of Health during the Aquino administration.

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin said she is ready to face investigation regarding her role in the implementation of the government’s dengue vaccination program.

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