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A case of the VDPV type -2 has been detected in Nigeria’s northern state, Adamawa which has led to the-emergence of polio type -2 disease as per the local authorities.


This happed a year later when Nigeria was declared a polio-free country by WHO mentioned by Xinhua news agency.
Abdullahi Isa, a health and human services commissioner in Adamawa, has confirmed the new case of polio type-2 in the state. Therefore people will require proper immunization against poliovirus type-2.


VDPV has described it as “a strain of the weakened poliovirus that was initially included in Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), that has changed over time and mow it behaves more like the wild or naturally occurring virus”.


About 800 health personnel have been trained as vaccinators are ongoing immunization campaign against poliovirus that is taking place in Adamawa, with support from WHO and the UNICEF, among others.


Around 1 million of the children who are below five years old are the most priority and to be targeted in the outbreak: response vaccination campaign across the state.


“WHO is working hand in hand with the state government to ensure that polio gets completely eradicated and is also ensuring that every eligible child should get vaccinated in the priority against polio,” said the WHO coordinator in Adamawa.

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