Polio on rise in Maharashtra

With one more polio case reported from Beed district, the number of polio cases in Maharashtra has gone up to five in the last 10 months, health officials said here on Wednesday.

Mumbai: With one more polio case reported from Beed district, the number of polio cases in Maharashtra has gone up to five in the last 10 months, health officials said here on Wednesday.

An 11-month-old child from a `banjara (migrant)` family in Beed was reported to be suffering from polio, state Health Directorate Additional Director CM Kulkarni said.

The child had received three doses of oral polio in June, July and September. However, he developed paralysis on September 16 and was admitted to a hospital at Umargaon in Osmanabad, he said.

"Although Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were reported for the last few years as the breeding ground for polio virus, this year, out of the total 16 cases of P-1 type (more harmful and spreads faster) polio, five are from Maharashtra, seven from Mushirabad in West Bengal, one from Jammu and Kashmir and three from Bihar," Director of Enterovirus Research Institute of ICMR J M Deshpande said.

From January to September, a total of 38 polio cases were reported from across the country, Deshpande said.

PTI

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