Dengue vaccine is a vaccine to prevent dengue fever in humans. The World Health Organization only recommends the vaccine as a possible option in areas of the world where the disease is common.
Rapid death met children who got sick within six months after receiving the Dengvaxia vaccine, a forensic expert said Wednesday.
A team of leading forensic investigators has found a direct link between the Dengvaxia vaccine and a “rapid death rate” in Children.
“Napakabilis ng course of the disease,” said Dr. Erwin Erfe, director of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Forensic Laboratory.
Erfe examined the child’s body on Jan. 9 and found that the boy suffered “massive bleeding” in his brain, lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver. He also had enlarged kidneys and spleen.
Colite received a total of three doses of the Dengvaxia vaccine within six months.
One child, Zandro Colite, 11, who died last Dec. 27, died less than 24 hours after feeling the symptoms of severe dengue, according to Erfe.
On Thursday, authorities in Bataan, Philippines, exhumed the body of an 11-year-old student who died of dengue 11 days after receiving the Dengvaxia vaccine.
GMA reports: The forensics team of the Public Attorney’s Office went to Bagac, Bataan to exhume the remains of 11-year-old John Paul Rafael and subject them to forensic examination, according to a report on News To Go by Chino Gaston.PAO will also exhume the remains of another student who likewise died of dengue.
The forensics team, however, had difficulty checking if there was massive bleeding in Rafael’s internal organs since it has been almost two years since the boy passed away in April 2016.
Massive bleeding and inflammation of internal organs were detected in the remains of five other dengue victims who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
PAO forensics chief Dr. Erwin Erfe, however, said they discovered staining in the skull of Rafael, which may indicate that bleeding occurred prior to death.
The team retrieved tissue samples for further examination in a laboratory.
Cristina Ramirez, an aunt of Rafael, said the family decided to allow the exhumation to determine the cause of the boy’s death.
One of the causes of death given, she said, was congenital heart disease, said to be a preexisting condition of the boy.
Rafael exhibited the same symptoms as the other victims who died of dengue—stomachache, lethargy, and bleeding.
His family wants those behind the vaccination drive to be held accountable.
They also hope Rafael’s case will serve as a warning to other parents whose children also received the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur admitted in November 2017 that individuals who have not contracted dengue prior to inoculation of the anti-dengue vaccine may develop a severe disease in the future.