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Another polio case surfaces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

ISLAMABAD: Another polio case on Monday was reported in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, citing sources, ARY News reported.

Sources in Health Ministry said that poliovirus had been confirmed in a 1.5-year-old boy in Bannu area of KP, bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to 24 this year.

Sources further added that samples of the child were sent for tests on May 31.

“The child affected by polio virus, was denied administering anti-polio drops by the teams during the campaign”, the sources said.

It is worthy to note here that Poliovirus is creating havoc in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The virus has been eliminated from the rest of the countries of the world.

With another polio case, the total number for the current year cases has jumped to 24 in Pakistan, out of which, 11 cases were reported in KP, seven in tribal districts and three each in Sindh and Punjab provinces.

Read more: Anti-polio drive kicks off in Sindh, other provinces today

The extensive environmental surveillance established by the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme in previous months detected the polio virus in sewage of twelve cities.

According to result shared by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), the presence of virus was confirmed in sewage samples collected in March 2019 from cities of Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Mardan, Bannu, Waziristan, Hyderabad, Kambar and Sukkur.

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