Polio virus finds two new victims in Pakistan

Two new cases of polio were reported from Pakistan Thursday, taking the total number of those affected this year with the crippling disease to 160, officials said.

PTI| Updated: Sep 18, 2014, 13:02 PM IST

Islamabad: Two new cases of polio were reported from Pakistan Thursday, taking the total number of those affected this year with the crippling disease to 160, officials said.

Both the new cases were reported from the southern port city of Karachi, where several of polio health workers have faced attacks in the recent past.

The first victim was Karachi's Gadap Town resident 10-month-old Omar, who had been vaccinated for the virus once before but still tested positive for the disease, health official Imran Saqib said.

The other victim was 22-month-old baby girl Hajra.

Omar is the fourth victim from this poor locality of Gadap and fourteenth victim from the Sindh province, Dawn reported.

Except for a two-year-old child from a village of the Sanghar district in Sindh, the rest of the 13 cases have been reported from Karachi.

In 2014 alone, Pakistan's total number of polio cases has reached 160, a sharp increase from 58 cases in 2012 and 93 in 2013.

Earlier this week, 13 new cases of polio were confirmed in a single day.

This year, 113 cases of polio from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 27 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14 from Sindh, two from Punjab and three from Balochistan have been reported so far.

Pakistan, which is already facing travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organisation, is among the three countries along with Nigeria and Afghanistan where polio virus is endemic.