The Adamawa State Government says polio has resurfaced in the state.
The government said Saturday that it has detected circulation of vaccine derived Poliovirus type 2 case.
The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Prof. Abdullahi Isa, made the disclosure during the official flag-off of the first Round Outbreak Response immunisation on Saturday in Yola.
“One case of Circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus type 2 has been detected in the state,” he said
The commissioner explained that Vaccine Derived Poliovirus type 2 (VDPV) is a strain of the weakened Poliovirus initially included in Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) that has changed over time and behaves more like the wild or naturally occurring virus.
He said the resurfacing of the virus in the state was a challenge for a possible outbreak of the transmitted virus.
“The resurface of the Poliovirus type 2 necessitated the immediate flag-off of the first Round Outbreak Response for Oral Polio Vaccine,” he said.
He disclosed that about 800 health personnel had been trained to carry out the routine immunisation, and that about one million children below five years were targeted in the outbreak response vaccination across the state.
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