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Nigeria records first 2011 polio case in Borno

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A new poliovirus case has been confirmed in Borno State, the poliovirus has paralyzed a two year-five months old boy in Alamduri village, Kulli Ward of Marte LGA.

This is the first Type 1 polio case reported in Borno state this year and the fifth case in the state in the last 12 months. The case in Marte was the first wild poliovirus recorded in the country in 2011.

In a release from the agency, it stated that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is conducting a mop-up action in line with its resolve to halt transmission of all polioviruses in Nigeria in the next nine months.

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, Executive Director of the Agency, said the recent case was a great challenge; his words, "this latest case in Borno is a setback because it is the first polio case in Nigeria in 2011 and demonstrates the ongoing poliovirus circulation in Borno State" adding "with the support of all stakeholders, we are going to win this war against crippling polio. We are very close, and there is no going back".

The statement revealed that this is the fifth Type 1 wild poliovirus case recorded in Borno State since May 2010.

Borno State now has the highest transmission of polioviruses in Nigeria, threatening children in that State, within the country and in neighbouring countries.

Original Article: Dailytrust