India to Vaccinate 300,000 Children after Polio Strain Found in Sewage

From Scientific American by Nita Bhalla:

“NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India plans to urgently immunize around 300,000 children against the crippling polio virus after a strain of the highly contagious disease was detected in sewage in the southern city of Hyderabad, the ministry of health said on Wednesday.

India was declared polio free by the World Health Organization in March 2014 after an almost two-decade long, multi-million dollar effort — lauded as one of the country’s biggest public health achievements in recent times.

A health ministry statement confirmed media reports that a strain of the virus was discovered in a sewage sample taken near Hyderabad’s Secunderabad railway station, but said that no children in area were found to be affected.”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/india-to-vaccinate-300-000-children-after-polio-strain-found-in-sewage/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_HLTH_NEWS

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