Another polio case detected in North Waziristan
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Another child was found infected with poliovirus in North Waziristan, taking the tally of patients reported in the country to 18 in the current year, reported 24NewsHD TV Channel on Monday.
The latest victim is a three-month-old baby in North Waziristan who has been paralyzed by wild polio. According to the National Institute of Health Islamabad Pakistan (NIH), the number of polio cases this year has reached 18.
Besides two cases from Lakki Marwat reported in July, all cases from Pakistan this year have been from North Waziristan in children under two years of age.
Polio campaigns have proven to be successful all over the world with over 99% of the world now polio-free. The only two remaining polio-endemic countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan in the world.
The National Emergency Operations Centers of Afghanistan and Pakistan are continuing cross-border coordination efforts. The countries have synchronized two polio campaigns in May and June and are ensuring vaccination of children under 10 on all major transit points, along with vaccinating all ages at the international borders.
Polio virus was also confirmed in the environmental sample of Karachi last week. Apart from Karachi, poliovirus has also been confirmed in the environmental samples of Bannu, Peshawar, Swat, and Lahore.
Karachi has historically been a hotbed of poliovirus and has been declared susceptible to the spread of poliovirus.
Reporter: Kifayat Ali Shah