ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported two new cases of poliovirus found in the environmental samples collected from Faisalabad and Peshawar last month, The News reported on Saturday.
The two new cases are of Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1). This was confirmed by Pakistan’s National Polio Laboratory.
Providing details of the new positive environmental sample in Faisalabad, National Institute of Health officials said the positive environmental sample was collected on November 07, 2022, from the ‘Pumping Station-3 Achikaira’. It was the first positive poliovirus case reported from the city in 2022.
Before this episode, the last positive sample was detected on April 05, 2021, from the district but it was an orphan virus variant. However, the last Wild poliovirus case was reported in 2008. Starting from November 28, a week-long anti-poliovirus campaign is currently underway in the district.
Similarly, Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1) was also detected in the environmental sample collected from Peshawar (Naray Khuwar site) in November 2022. The last Wild Poliovirus case from the district was reported in July 2020. The site covers seven union councils, which have a population of 460,511 individuals, including 67,791 children under the age of five years. The last anti-poliovirus campaign in the district was conducted in October from 24 to 30. The next campaign will be conducted from December 5 to 11 in the district.