Polio Returns to Papua New Guinea

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea—declared polio-free 18 years ago—after a case surfaced in a 6-year-old boy.

The same virus was also isolated from stool specimens of 2 healthy children from the same community “representing an outbreak,” according to the CDC. 

PNG was certified polio-free in 2000 but polio vaccine coverage in Morobe province, the site of the outbreak, has been low—just 61% of children have received the 3 recommended doses, and the WHO noted inadequate sanitation and hygiene in the area as well.

Channel NewsAsia

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