POLIOMYELITIS – WORLDWIDE (12): PAKISTAN
Date: 20 Oct 2012
Source: The Tribune [edited]
New cases of polio surface: WHO
A child in Balochistan contracted the virus after his parents reportedly refused campaigns.
At least 2 children were diagnosed with polio on Friday [19 Oct 012], the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported.
A 38-month-old [male child] resident of village of Killi Lawara from UC [Union Council] Danasar, district Sherani [was diagnosed with polio in Balochistan]. The boy apparently missed immunisation because his parents reportedly refused all campaigns owing to religious issues.
A 2nd child — [a 26-month-old female child resident of village Batlasai Wand, UC Kotha Tehsil Topi] was diagnosed with type one polio in Swabi.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 47.
Commentary: Given our close proximity to Pakistan, we must remain cautious due to possible infections coming to India from across the border travelers. Children, especially in vulnerable areas must continue to receive Polio vaccination until Wild Polio virus is eradicated from Pakistan & Afghanistan.
At present, India has been Polio free for close to two years. Only Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria have reported fresh Wild Polio virus cases worldwide in the last year.