In an official statement released by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) today (Jan 10), the ministry confirmed another 2 cases of polio in Sabah.
The two cases involve an 11-year-old boy from Kinabatangan and an 8-year-old boy living in Sandakan, respectively. Both children have never received any sort of vaccinations prior to the polio infection.
The statement further states that both children have received intensive care. For the older child, he is now able to walk with a cane. However, the younger 8-year-old is on ventilator support at a local hospital and paralysed from the waist down.
As for the first case of polio reported in Tuaran last year, the 3-month-old baby is in stable condition but still under intensive and isolated care at a local hospital.
So far, there have been 3 cases of polio reported in the state.
In the statement signed by Director-General of Health Malaysia, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Bin Abdullah, the MOH confirms that they are actively controlling the spread of polio throughout the state with a mass immunisation campaign targeting all children under the age of 5.
In response to the two recent cases, the ministry has also conducted screenings on 705 individuals that live in the same areas as both the children. Thankfully no other cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) were found. AFP is a symptom of polio.
Meanwhile, 65 children living in those areas have been vaccinated for polio.
The MOH continues to urge parents to:
This article was extracted from a recent media statement published by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The full statement in Bahasa Malaysia can be read here: https://kpkesihatan.com/2020/01/10/kenyataan-akhbar-kpk-10-januari-2020-situasi-terkini-wabak-polio-di-sabah/
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