Polio hits Venezuela again years after being eradicated

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 13, 2018

It is suspected that these are cases of circulating polio virus (cVDPV) but it has yet to be confirmed.

Polio, or also known as poliomyelitis, is a childhood disease which is caused due to the poliovirus and can be prevented via immunisation.

According to the organization, the diagnosed child has not been vaccinated and lives in a particularly poor area in Delta Amacuro state.

Doctor Jose Felix Oletta, a former Minister of Health, told AFP that the last case of acute poliomyelitis in Venezuela was reported in 1989.

"The virus especially affects people in conditions of malnutrition and unvaccinated, as this case", Oletta added.

A case of polio has been reported in Venezuela, a country facing a severe economic and political crisis, decades after the eradication of the disease in that country, said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

He criticized officials in the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for waiting more than a month to notify PAHO. Global health regulations require it to do so within 24 hours. A staggering 85 percent of measles cases reported across all of Latin America and the Caribbean have come from Venezuela.

Of the 11 countries that reported cases, Venezuela had the overwhelming majority of cases, but also 35 deaths since mid-2017, the global organization said.

Even though the government conducted a vaccination campaign on April 6 to curb 14 disease which includes measles and tuberculosis, the critics say that not a fair amount of vaccines are arriving to meet the demand. Maduro's government blames USA sanctions for the woes.

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