Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Poliomyelitis in Bangladesh

16 March 2006

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported one case of polio, the first reported case of polio in Bangladesh since August 2000. On 8 March, polio was confirmed in a nine year-old girl from Chandpur district of Chittagong division who became paralyzed on 23 January.

On 10 March, genetic sequencing of the virus by the Global Specialized Polio Laboratory in Mumbai India, which tests all polio samples from Bangladesh, showed that the virus is closely related to viruses from western Uttar Pradesh in India.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today announced that a nation-wide polio immunization campaign will kick-off on 16 April. Two additional campaigns will follow at four-week intervals.

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