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20 Sep 2018 | 11:52 PM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 12 polio case confirmed as of mid-September /update 3

Papua New Guinea News Alert

Officials confirm 12 polio case as of mid-September in nationwide outbreak

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Morobe province, Enga province, Eastern Highlands, Madang, National Capital District

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According to health officials, at least 12 polio cases have been reported in an ongoing nationwide outbreak as of mid-September. The first case in the outbreak was reported on April 28. Since the beginning of the outbreak, three cases have been reported in Morobe province, four in Eastern Highlands, two in Madang, two in Enga, and one in the National Capital District. To combat further spread of the disease and bolster immunization efforts, vaccination campaigns will be implemented nationwide in October.


Prior to this most recent outbreak, Papua New Guinea had maintained a polio-free status since 2000. According to local authorities the polio vaccination rate in Morobe province is particularly low.

Poliomyelitis is an acute communicable disease caused by a human enterovirus of the Picornaviridae family. Poliovirus is transmitted from one person to another by oral contact with secretions or fecal material from an infected person. Most poliovirus infections cause asymptomatic viral replication that is limited to the alimentary tract. However, following an incubation period of approximately 7-10 days (although it can range 4-35 days), about 24 percent of those infected develop clinical signs such as fever, headache, and sore throat (considered a minor illness).


Individuals in Papua New Guinea are advised to verify their vaccination status and monitor developments to the situation.


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