Kids’ bodies exhumed

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MANILA (Reuters) – A Philippine government agency yesterday exhumed the bodies of two children whose parents suspect they died of dengue after receiving a new vaccine against the disease, although its maker Sanofi Pasteur said it was not known to have caused any deaths in the country. One of the two bodies showed signs of excessive bleeding, said officials of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). PAO forensic expert Erwin Erfe said bleeding was observed on the scalp of the second body. “Bleeding is a prominent symptom of dengue,” Mr Erfe said. PAO is also investigating the deaths of five other children who received Dengvaxia and initial findings reveal a pattern in how they died, PAO chief Persida Acosta said.

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