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Five new polio cases reported, toll mounts to 58

ISLAMABAD: Three days after Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates expressed concerned over the rise of polio cases in Pakistan, five new cases have emerged in the country, taking the total number to 58 in 2019 whereas the total count of polio cases in KP alone stands at 44 now.

According to reports on Sunday, three cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). In KP, the cases were reported in Hangu, North Waziristan and Bannu.

According to the details, one wild poliovirus has been isolated from a stool sample of 18 months old girl, resident of Mainij Khel UC Dallan, Tehsil Thal, District Hangu.

Likewise, two new polio cases have been notified from Bannu Division one each from Bannu district and North Waziristan.

According to a report last week, more than 25 cases had surfaced in KP alone, mostly in Bannu division which remains highly-affected by the virus.

Bannu had recorded 11 cases and North Waziristan six, followed by Torghar with three and one each from DI Khan, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Shangla, Bajaur and Khyber Agency.

The reason for a recent spike in such incidents is attributed to anti-vaccination propaganda in the province.