England witnesses a rise in cases of rare polio-like illness

An increase in reported cases of a rare polio-like illness that mostly affects children is being investigated by Public Health England (PHE). The health organisation stated that the illness known as acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) affects the nervous system, causing one or more of the limbs to become weak or floppy

England witnesses a rise in cases of rare polio-like illnessIt stated that 28 cases had been reported in England. Typically, a ‘handful’ of cases are reported each year. The disease remains very rare but anyone who develops weakness in any limb should seek medical help, cautions PHE. Cause behind the rare illness being investigated in the UK The majority of cases reported in England […]

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals study

A new study conducted by a researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that all infectious diseases are driven by seasonal elements

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals studyProfessor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and peer-reviewed journal articles. She then mapped the time of year when outbreaks tended to occur, ranging from common infections to rare tropical diseases. As reported in the journal […]

‘With an equal opportunity, disabled people are capable of doing anything’

In our series on strong, independent women; we bring you the story of a 67-year-old woman, who has been actively working since the last 36 years to ensure that each disabled person is treated equally and the same opportunities that any able-bodied person is provided with

‘With an equal opportunity, disabled people are capable of doing anything’Meenakshi Deshpande is a 67-year-old woman who lives in Pandharpur in Solapur, Maharashtra. She was affected with polio when she was a child, at the time she was around 6 to 7 years old. As she was a handicap child she was given to any schools. But, due to her father’s resistance, she was eventually […]

World Polio Day: No polio cases detected in India since 2012

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International more than a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who developed the first vaccine for the viral disease, which was approved in 1955

World Polio Day: No polio cases detected in India since 2012Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission […]

Polio vaccine: ‘Maharashtra is safe,’assures state health minister

Amid the polio vaccine contamination controversy which has spread like wildfire across the country, Maharashtra health minister, Dr Deepak Sawant has assured the citizens of the state that the polio vaccine being used is completely safe

Polio vaccine: ‘Maharashtra is safe,’assures state health ministerAhead of a polio dose day, Maharashtra health minister has clarified doubts regarding the status of polio vaccine in Maharashtra. The use of virus infected polio vaccine produced by a certain company has been stopped in the state as per the directions of the central government. While speaking to the press, state health minister, Dr […]

Health ministry directs states, UT’s to furnish data of the contaminated polio vaccine

On Wednesday, October 03, the union health ministry dispatched a letter to all the states; and the UT’s to provide data of the contaminated polio vaccine. The health ministry is also increasing surveillance in the affected states

Health ministry directs states, UT’s to furnish data of the contaminated polio vaccineThe union health ministry has directed all the states and the union territories to furnish information about the contaminated Polio vaccine. The ministry has asked for the information about the stock of batches B100318 supplied by a Ghaziabad based company. The polio vaccine supplied by this company was found to be contaminated with polio 2 […]

Contaminated batch of polio vaccine was not sent to Maha, clarifies state health min

The polio vaccines infected by Type 2 virus and produced by a certain company was not supplied to Maharashtra, clarified the Central Vaccination Department, according to Maharashtra health minister Dr Deepak Sawant. Meanwhile, a high level meeting in this regard will be held at Delhi tomorrow (October 03)

Contaminated batch of polio vaccine was not sent to Maha, clarifies state health minGiving detail information in this regard Dr Sawant said that the World Health Organization (WHO) is cooperating in India for polio survey as per the international quality parameters. As a part of this survey, sewage water samples from 45 places in different states including Maharashtra were collected. These samples were examined in five recognised laboratories […]

Drug controller begins investigation in polio virus vaccine contamination case

The Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has formed a 3 member investigation team, to investigate the polio vaccine contamination case. The three-member committee begins the probe in this week. The team will try and find out the cause of contamination

Drug controller begins investigation in polio virus vaccine contamination caseThe Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has begun an investigation into the recent polio dose virus case. The three-member team constituted by the CDSCO will investigate the possible cause of contamination in the poliovirus Recently, polio vaccines contaminated with a strain of type 2 virus were found in some batches of the oral vaccine […]

Polio virus: ‘Don’t panic, Maharashtra is safe,’ assures state health minister

You might have come across news reports since today morning (September 29), about the resurgence of a strain of the polio virus. In a statement issued by Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant, he mentioned that there is no need to panic about a comeback of the deadly virus

Polio virus: ‘Don’t panic, Maharashtra is safe,’ assures state health ministerPeople living in Maharashtra need not worry about the return of the dreaded polio virus. Although, news reports about polio vaccines contaminated with a strain of type 2 virus are true. Residents of Maharashtra have no reason to worry as the state discontinued vaccines containing a weakened form of the virus a long while ago […]

Polio experts commend India for maintaining polio-free status

Community participation remains an integral part of polio vaccination efforts in the country. The expert group noted that more than 23 lakh vaccinators are mobilised to support every polio mass campaign during which 17 crores children get the oral polio drops

Polio experts commend India for maintaining polio-free statusPreeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare chaired the 27th Meeting of the Polio India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) to review the country programme activities and make recommendations, here today. The expert member group concluded that ‘the country is on the right track’. The experts commended the strong leadership of the Government of […]