February 18, 2024
Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples Across Pakistan
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Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples Across Pakistan

Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples Across Pakistan

Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples Across Pakistan

Environmental samples collected from various districts in Pakistan have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), raising concerns about the virus’s continued presence. The samples, collected from 19 districts in January, revealed positive cases in locations such as Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Sukkur, Hyderabad, and more. The detections bring the total number of positive environmental samples reported in 2024 to 28, with 126 in 2023. Authorities, including Federal Minister for Health Nadeem Jan and Federal Secretary for Health Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, emphasize the commitment to eradicating polio and implementing vaccination campaigns to protect children.


Wild Poliovirus Detected in Environmental Samples Across Pakistan

Twenty-eight environmental samples collected from 19 districts in Pakistan have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). Positive samples were found in locations including Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Sukkur, and Hyderabad. The detections, all linked to the imported virus cluster YB3A, highlight the persistent challenge of poliovirus transmission. Federal Minister for Health Nadeem Jan and Federal Secretary for Health Iftikhar Ali Shallwani stress Pakistan’s commitment to eradicating polio, expressing plans to intensify vaccination efforts to protect children from the paralytic disease.


Positive Poliovirus Samples in Pakistan Raise Concerns

Twenty-eight environmental samples collected from various districts in Pakistan have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). Positive cases were found in locations such as Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Sukkur, and Hyderabad. The detections, linked to the imported virus cluster YB3A, underscore the ongoing challenge of poliovirus transmission. Federal Minister for Health Nadeem Jan and Federal Secretary for Health Iftikhar Ali Shallwani emphasize Pakistan’s commitment to eradicating polio, pledging intensified vaccination campaigns to protect children from the paralytic disease.

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