QUETTA: The presence of the crippling poliovirus was confirmed in an 18-month-old boy in Mehmoodabad area of Chaman, Balochistan on Wednesday, making it the first polio case for the year in the province and third in the country.
According to sources within the health department, Ahmed Shah, the infant son of Agha Shah, is a resident of Rah Mohammad Mohalla in Killa Abdullah district.
The child had received only two or three doses of the polio vaccine since birth, said health officials, adding that his mother and grandmother had repeatedly refused the vaccination drops.
According to the child’s family, he developed high fever and constipation and they first took him to a local dispensary and then the local children’s hospital where doctors suspected he had contracted polio.
Health officials said the presence of the virus was confirmed after stool samples were tested and other medical tests conducted.
Southern Afghanistan and the Quetta block is thought be an active region for poliovirus transmission in the world.
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