A representational image of a polio worker giving polio drops to a child. — Reuters/File

Polio virus detected in environmental samples of Punjab, KP cities

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A representational image of a polio worker giving polio drops to a child. — Reuters/File
  • Wild polio-I was confirmed in 17 environmental samples taken this year.
  • Polio virus detected in Peshawar, Bannu, and Lahore.
  • In August, polioviruses have been detected in four cities in Punjab.

Polio virus has been detected in the environmental samples three more cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Geo News reported Wednesday.

According to officials of the Ministry of Health, wild poliovirus was detected in the environmental samples of Peshawar, Bannu, and Lahore.

They further revealed that a few days ago, poliovirus was found in sewage samples taken from Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Bhawalpur.

In August, so far, poliovirus has been detected in four cities of Punjab and two cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It should be noted that this was the sixth time that the polio virus was detected in samples taken from Bannu while the second time in Peshawar and Lahore.

Wild polio-I has been confirmed in 17 environmental samples taken so far this year, officials said, adding that the extent of the spread cannot be estimated due to relentless rains in Sindh and Balochistan.


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