Poliovirus found in Karachi's sewage line for first time in a year- The New Indian Express

For the First Time in A Year, Poliovirus Has Been Discovered in A Sewer Line in Karachi

Officials of the federal ministry of National Health Services said this was the first positive environmental sample from Sindh this year.

The National Polio Laboratory at Pakistan’s National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed that a sample taken in August from a sewage line in Karachi’s Landhi neighborhood had the Wild Poliovirus Type-1, as reported by Geo News.

It was the first positive environmental sample taken in Sindh this year, according to the federal ministry of National Health Services officials.

So far this year, 22 confirmed cases of polio have been recorded from Pakistan, with 11 of those cases occurring in August alone. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab both recorded five incidents, whereas Sindh only reported one.

The positive environmental sample in Karachi was reportedly taken on August 23 from the Bakhtawar hamlet in the Landhi area of Karachi, according to authorities from the federal government, as reported by Geo News.

“In 2022, this is the first environmental sample taken in Karachi that comes back positive. By May of 2021, Karachi has already reported another positive sample. In June of 2020, the region reported its final case of wild poliovirus. The most recent polio campaign in the area took place from August 15th to the 21st “the official said.

Seven environmental samples from Bannu, three from Peshawar, two from Swat, and one from Nowshera have tested positive thus far in 2022 in KP.

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Three samples from Lahore, two from Rawalpindi, and one each from Bahawalpur and Sialkot have tested positive for the virus. The cities of Karachi and Islamabad have each provided one positive sample.

One positive sample was obtained in April, two in May, one in June, seven in July, and eleven in August of 2022, according to the official, who also noted that in 2021, 65 positive environmental samples were found around the country.

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