Confirmation of poliovirus in 28 environmental samples

Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was detected in 28 environmental samples collected from 19 districts across the country in January and 2 environmental samples collected from Quetta and Khuzdar in December. According to a report in the, according to an official of the Regional Reference Laboratory for Polio Eradication at the National Institute of Health (NIH), 4, 4 of Quetta and Karachi East Sewerage, Chaman, Peshawar, Karachi South and Polio virus was found in two samples of Karachi Kemari.

Confirmation of poliovirus in 28 environmental samples

Apart from this, the virus was confirmed in one sample collected from Karachi Korangi, Karachi Central, Karachi Malir, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Pashin, Kech, Naseerabad, DG Khan, Rawalpindi and Lahore between January 2 and January 16. Happened The official added that with these cases, the number of positive environmental samples reported in 2024 rose to 28 as against 126 samples found positive in 2023.


Polio is a highly contagious and incurable disease caused by the poliovirus and mainly affects children under the age of five. The virus attacks the nervous system and in some cases can cause paralysis or death. can

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There is no cure for polio and only repeated vaccinations are the most effective way to protect children. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries affected by this virus in the world.

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