Polio virus cases confirmed in Lahore, DI Khan

Lahore confirms polio virus cases fourth time this year

The National Emergency Operations Center has confirmed type 1 wild poliovirus in Lahore and Dera Ismail Khan.

According to the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), samples were collected from Lahore on November 17 and Dera Ismail Khan on November 19. These samples were sent to the Pakistan National Polio Laboratory for testing.

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According to NEOC, presence of type 1 wild polio virus has been confirmed in both cities.

This is the fourth confirmation of wild polio virus from Lahore this year, while the first positive sample from DI Khan, however, the results of genetic sequencing of environmental samples are awaited.

The NEOC says that type 1 wild poliovirus, found in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a very fast-spreading virus.

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Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world where polio has not been controlled so far.

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