Polio Virus found in Environmental Sample in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD, Dec 5,2023: Health authorities in Hyderabad have confirmed the presence of the polio virus in environmental samples after a lapse of two and a half years.
The District Health Officer (DHO) has announced an extension of the anti-polio campaign in Hyderabad for an additional two days in response to this confirmation.
The virus was detected in a sample collected from the Qasimabad pumping station on November 8. The decision to examine the sample was prompted by concerns regarding the potential resurgence of polio in the area.
The DHO revealed that the confirmation of the polio virus in sewage water dates back to July 2021, raising alarms about the persistence of the virus in the environment despite previous efforts to curb its spread.
The extension of the anti-polio campaign underscores the urgency with which health officials are addressing the situation. Polio, a highly contagious virus that primarily affects children, requires vigilant vaccination efforts to prevent outbreaks and protect communities.
The confirmation of the polio virus in environmental samples highlights the need for intensified public health measures, continued surveillance, and increased community awareness to achieve and maintain polio-free status.
As health authorities work to contain and eliminate the virus, it is crucial for the public to stay informed about vaccination initiatives and cooperate with health campaigns to ensure the overall well-being of the community. Further updates on the situation are expected as investigations and response efforts progress.