thenews.com.pk 18 Sep, 2020 03:45 am

Immunised infant catches poliovirus

Immunised infant catches poliovirus
TOBA TEK SINGH / LAHORE: A six-month-old girl of Pirmahal has been detected as poliovirus patient.The Health Department had received a complaint from Bashir Ahmad of Chak Akbar Sahu located near the...

The Health Department had sent her stool sample to the Islamabad National Institute of Health where it was confirmed that the girl had been suffering from poliovirus Type-2.When contacted, Punjab Polio Programme spokesman Wasif Mahmood denied that any new case of wild poliovirus was reported in Toba Tek Singh, saying that the child was among the six cases of poliovirus Type-2 detected a couple of weeks ago in three districts of Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh.When asked about the reason of emergence of poliovirus despite immunization of the child against poliovirus, he ruled out any problem in the vaccine, but claimed that the main reason for emergence of poliovirus Type-2 is due to weak routine immunization.With one more kid falling victim to the crippling disease, the cases of poliovirus Type-2 in Punjab have risen to 12 this year so far, while overall 62 WPV cases have been reported from across Pakistan in 2020 so far.

Out of a total of 62 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus Type-2 (cVDPV2) confirmed across Pakistan in 2020 so far, 42 cases were confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 in Punjab, seven in Sindh and one in Balochistan.Top Story September 18, 2020 TOBA TEK SINGH / LAHORE: A six-month-old girl of Pirmahal has been detected as poliovirus patient.

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