2 weeks after eradication a case of suspected polio

10:02 am Health Care, Medicine

Barely two weeks after WHO declared India as a polio-free nation, an 18-month-old female child, Sumi, a resident of Indrabala village near Baruipur in South 24 Parganas was admitted to a state-run hospital in Kolkata with suspected polio – acute flaccid paralysis (paralysis with disability in movement and fever) on Monday.

The child’s stool samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune and School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata for confirmatory tests. The reports are expected next week.

The last polio case in the country was detected in January last year when a two-year-old girl from Howrah district was afflicted with the virus. There were no reports of other polio cases in the country in the following 12 months, and India was declared polio-free.

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