176 positive polio samples reported nationwide, 45 districts affected

ISLAMABAD: The poliovirus has been detected in sewage samples from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Balochistan’s Loralai, it was revealed on Sunday.

According to sources, this is the second time this year that polio has been detected in Islamabad’s sewage, while Rawalpindi has reported its second case and Loralai its first.

The samples were collected on June 3 and have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1, as well as vaccine-derived poliovirus types 2 and 3.

So far this year, 176 samples from all four provinces have tested positive for polio, and 45 districts across the country have reported polio cases.

The Environmental Site in Islamabad’s Sabzi Mandi has also tested positive for polio, sources added.

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