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Malaysia: 2020 Polio

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    Polio vaccine for 1.5m Sabah, Labuan kids
    Published on: Sunday, October 25, 2020
    By: Bernama

    Kuala Lumpur: A total of 317 cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), which is an acute symptom similar to polio virus, were reported in the country from Jan 1, 2019 until Oct 16 this year.

    Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the data was obtained from the ministry’s surveillance in monitoring AFP to detect polio cases among children who are below the age of 15 through stool samples.

    “Out of the total, four cases were confirmed polio, and all are reported in Sabah, involving a three-month old, a three-year-old, an eight-year-old and an 11-year-old. The last case started to experience symptoms of paralysis on Jan 18 (this year).

    “Out of the four cases, one case is still being treated in the hospital as the patient needs respiratory aid, while the other three cases need walking aid as their legs are still weak,” he said in a statement in conjunction with the World Polio Day celebration, themed Stories of Progress: Past and Present...