Poliovirus detected in Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi sewage samples

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These new detections take complete variety of constructive environmental samples in Pakistan in 2023 to 115

Representational picture of a laboratory take a look at. — WHO/File
  • Optimistic sewage samples rise to 115 in 2023. 
  • Pattern collected from Karachi’s Sohrab Goth.
  • Variety of human polio instances stays at six.

ISLAMABAD: Three environmental (sewage) samples have examined constructive for the poliovirus in three main cities together with Karachi, confirmed the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) Islamabad. 

The Information reported citing the officers as saying that the samples have been collected in December 2023 and examined constructive for the Kind-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1) in Karachi East, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

In Karachi East, the environmental pattern was collected on December 13, 2023, from the Sohrab Goth environmental pattern assortment website, which is the 14th constructive pattern from District East this yr.

The earlier 13 constructive samples have been collected in Might, September, October, November and December, officers mentioned, including that the remoted virus is assessed as a YB3A cluster and 99.44% is genetically linked to the virus detected in an environmental pattern in the identical district (i.e. Karachi East) on November 13, 2023.

In Islamabad, the environmental pattern was collected on December 12, 2023, from the Sabzi Mandi environmental pattern assortment website, making it the second constructive pattern from District Islamabad for 2023.

The earlier constructive pattern was collected on December 11, 2023, officers mentioned, including that the remoted virus is assessed as a YB3A cluster and 99.6% genetically linked to the virus detected in an environmental pattern in Peshawar on December 6, 2023.

In Rawalpindi, the environmental pattern was collected on December 11, 2023, from the Dhok Dalal environmental pattern assortment website, which is the fourth constructive pattern from District Rawalpindi for 2023.

The earlier three constructive samples have been collected on July 17, August 10 and October 2, 2023, officers mentioned, including that the remoted virus is assessed as a YB3A cluster and 99.6% genetically linked to the virus detected in an environmental pattern in Peshawar on December 6, 2023.

These new detections take the entire variety of constructive environmental (sewage) samples in Pakistan in 2023 to 115. Furthermore, the variety of human polio instances in Pakistan in 2023 stays at six.

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