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Papua New Guinea’s First Polio Case In 18 Years Confirmed

The Guardian: Papua New Guinea suffers first polio outbreak in 18 years
“The first case of polio in Papua New Guinea in 18 years has been detected, with a six-year-old boy from the Morobe province the first confirmed case of the virus. The boy presented to health authorities on 28 April with weakness in his lower limbs and the virus — a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 — was confirmed on 21 May. Last week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the virus was also present in the stool samples of two children in the boy’s community, prompting health authorities to declare an official outbreak…” (Roy, 6/25).

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