NHS Identified Wild Poliovirus 1 in Three Cities


by Seemab Chaudhary

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The National Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) has identified type-1 wild poliovirus (WPV1) in 3 more environmental samples, including Peshawar, Lahore, and Bannu. According to reports (revealed on Wednesday), the samples were collected in August.

In 2022, officials defined the 6th positive environmental sample from Bannu and 2nd from Peshawar and Lahore. An official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination shared the number of six positive environmental samples in August.

Till now, wild poliovirus 1 has affected 14 children in Pakistan. The number of crippled children is high in North Waziristan and one in Lakki Marwat, including six in Bannu, one each from Sialkot, Islamabad, and Swat, Nowshera, and Bahawalpur.

According to officials, one positive environmental sample was identified in the month of April, 2 were detected on May, 1 on June, 7 in July, and 6 in August 2022.

In the month of August 2022, a nationwide round will be implemented to reduce the risks associated with poliovirus detections in the environment. Officials are confirming to reach out all over the country to lower the risk of risk.

Officials at the National Institute of Health claimed that the poliovirus may spread If people or children do not get vaccinated. The World Health Organization WHO recommends all travelers get vaccinated against polio before going to polio-affected areas. The organization also said that a country affected by poliovirus should declare an outbreak emergency.

𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝟏 𝐃𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬!

Wild poliovirus type-1 is detected in three cities which has raised concern to vaccinate children against polio.