The presence of poliovirus was detected in an environmental sample in Karachi.
According to the head of the polio eradication effort, samples were taken from the Gadap Town area earlier this month.The poliovirus was found in an environmental sample that was gathered from the Gadap district of Karachi, according to a statement that was released on Thursday by Dr. Shahzad Baig, who is the coordinator of the National Emergency Operations Centre for the Eradication of Polio.According to him, the virus was found in environmental samples that were taken on May 15 from Karachi’s Gadap Town UC-4 in the Sohrab Goth neighbourhood of the city.
The head of the polio programme stated that the disease had been successfully contained to the southern regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also mentioned that this was the first case of polio that had been detected from Karachi so far in 2018.Earlier, the positive environmental samples were detected in the following locations: Lahore, Hangu, Peshawar, DI Khan, and upper South Waziristan, Dr. Baig stated.This past week, the Pakistan Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) verified that two environmental samples obtained from the Peshawar district of KP province tested positive for wild poliovirus.
The wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was discovered in sewage samples taken from Naray Khuwar and Larama collection sites on May 9 and May 16, respectively, as stated by the laboratory.According to the report, the viruses that were discovered have a genetic connection to a virus cluster that is spreading in the adjoining province of Nangarhar in Afghanistan.The disease known as polio has almost completely disappeared from the world.However, this has not been totally eradicated from Afghanistan and in some parts of bordering Pakistan due to inaccessible locations, mass displacement, and fears of foreign operations, all of which hampered the eradication attempts and prevented them from being successful.