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Published On: Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

New polio case reported in Kano State, Nigeria: Report

A new case of wild poliovirus has been discovered in Sumaila village, Sumaila council of Kano State, Nigeria, according to a Nigeria Guardian report Monday.

Somali girl receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV) Image/UNICEF Video Screen Shot

Somali girl receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV)
Image/UNICEF Video Screen Shot

State Immunization Officer Dr. Sherrif Yahaya Musa attributed the new case discovered in Sumaila local government to the refusal of some  parents to allow their wards to be immunized. “The  non immunization made the  affected child vulnerable to polio virus and  it also poses serious risk to others in the vicinity”, he said.

Prior to this case, Nigeria has reported three polio cases in 2014. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the most recent WPV1 case in Nigeria was reported from Yobe state with onset of paralysis on 19 April.

The most recent nationwide Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) took place on 12-14 April. Subnational IPDs in northern Nigeria took place on 24-26 May and next rounds are planned for June and August.

Worldwide, there has been 103 polio cases reported this year (not including this current reported case. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

 

 

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