Pakistani authorities said that gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team, killing one health worker and two policemen in North Waziristan.
The discovery in the London sewage samples suggests "there may be localised spread of polio virus, most likely within individuals that are not up to date with polio immunisations," Polio eradication expert says.
Genomic sequencing suggests that the newly confirmed case is linked to a strain that began circulating in Pakistan in 2019, similar to the case reported in Malawi this year, the WHO says.
The WHO declared that the strain was linked to one that has been spreading in Pakistan, where it is still endemic.
The newly launched campaign aims at reaching over 3 million children in the country amidst a shortage of trained staff.
The four-day door-to-door campaign is set to begin on Monday with an aim to target the country's 10 million children under age 5.
Only a single case of the communicable disease has been reported this year- something that has never happened before.
"Some 18,600 children under the age of five in Tigray have been admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition from February to August this year compared to 8,900 in 2020, a 100% increase," says UN.
Attack in Jalalabad forces authorities to suspend operations on second day of resuming the vaccination campaign after five members of two teams were killed.
Opposition to vaccines in Pakistan has grown after the CIA organised a fake hepatitis B inoculation drive to help track down Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad a decade ago.
Vaccination drive temporarily suspended in Nangarhar province after three women healthcare workers were killed in two separate attacks in the restive eastern city of Jalalabad.
Scientists around the world agree that we’re not ready for the next pandemic, so the World Health Organization is paying close attention to certain infectious diseases. You should too.
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