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Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

Afghanistan reports polio case in Kabul, first since 2001

Afghanistan is one of three remaining polio endemic countries on the globe, Pakistan and Nigeria being the others, and has seen great progress in their polio eradication efforts recently.

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However, the news out of the capital city of Kabul is a three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with the paralyzing viral disease, the UK Telegraph reports today.

This is the first polio case in the city since 2001 and has prompted a city-wide polio vaccination campaign.

The child has been taken to Pakistan for treatment.

In 2013, Afghanistan reported only 14 wild poliovirus 1 (WPV-1) infections with all cases reported from the  Eastern Region, linked to cross-border transmission with neighboring Pakistan, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reports.

So far in 2014, eight polio cases have been confirmed with seven recorded from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan, prior to this newest case.

In 2013, there were 400 polio cases reported—240 case primarily from the Horn of Africa outbreak and 160 from the three endemic countries.

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