Polio Virus Type 1 Identified In Environmental Samples

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The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) stated on Wednesday that type-1 wild poliovirus has been found in environmental samples.

The positive samples were reportedly gathered in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) on November 19 and in Lahore on November 17.

Pakistan’s National Polio Laboratory was contacted for verification.

While four positive case samples of type-1 poliovirus have been reported from Lahore, this is the first positive sample of wild poliovirus to come from Dera Ismail Khan so far this year.

Currently, NEOC is processing the results of genetic sequencing performed on these environmental samples.

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