The Afghanistan Health Ministry reports another wild poliovirus case in Nangarhar province. The patient is a 30-month-old male child from the Nazyan district.
This is the third WPV-1 case reported in Afghanistan this year (HERE, HERE), all from Nangarhar.
According to a local media report, the province is facing a high risk of poliovirus due to the lap also reporting some WPV1-positive environmental samples from the east region, particularly Nangarhar province.
The Nazyan District location where the polio case was reported has low sanitation and personal hygiene standards. In areas with poor sanitation, the poliovirus can persist for longer and readily infect children playing there.
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Acting minister of public health, Qalander Ibaad, called on the polio vaccine workers to intensify vaccination efforts.
Afghanistan reported 56 wild poliovirus cases in 2020, four in 2021 and two last year.
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