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    Posted: April 29 2018 at 11:01am

Kenya's hopes of being declared polio-free dashed

Sunday April 29 2018

Kenya’s hopes of being certified as a polio-free country have been dashed after the discovery of live polio viruses in sewage samples from Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate.

On April 6, 2018, Kenya Medical Research Institute personnel found the samples in the area during a routine investigation.

In a letter to county directors of health signed by Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko, the Health ministry said the viruses could infect individuals and cause paralysis.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

The virus spreads from person to person and can attack an infected person's brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis, a condition in which a person cannot move parts of the body.

“On Friday, April 6, the ministry was notified by Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) of isolation of polio virus type 2 from an environmental sample collected on March 21 from one of the sites in Eastleigh, Kamukunji sub County," said the government alert.


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