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Two more children found with polio

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th March 2009 03:00 AM

Two other children in Amuru district have tested positive for the Polio virus, according to initial results.

By Anne Mugisa

TWO other children in Amuru district have tested positive for the Polio virus, according to initial results. The district health officer, Dr. Patrick Odong, said more blood samples have been taken for testing.

Odongo confirmed that the initial tests on the samples from the two children done at the Entebbe Research Institute returned positive for polio.

The two bring to three the children who have tested positive for the disease that was believed kicked out of Uganda 12 years ago.

The country had been declared free of the disease until last month when a 16- month-old tested positive.

The latest victims are aged 24 and 22 months and are from Labongogali camp.

Odongo said the sick children can be treated to mitigate the effects of the disease. “We are waiting for them to pass the acute stage, which is very painful, then we can send them for physiotherapy. “It can help them walk,” Dr. Odongo said.

A polio vaccination exercise is to be launched again on Tuesday October 10, 2009. Last year, the health ministry launched an immunisation drive when polio was reported in DR Congo.

The districts under threat were Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kabale, Kasese, Bushenyi and Mbarara.

Two more children found with polio

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