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Polio Strain Found In Hyderabad's Water Supply



Recently, a strain of the polio virus (known as the P2 strain) was found in Hyderabad's sewage water supply, sending citizens into panic mode.

India was declared polio free in 2014, and despite the discovery, the health ministry says there's no cause for alarm. "India continues to be polio free as the country has eradicated wild polio virus," the ministry said in a statement, noting the last case was recorded in January 2011. "It has been more than five years that no wild polio has been detected."

"The poliovirus detected last month in Hyderabad was a strain that had mutated from the vaccine itself, the ministry said. Its detection "only indicates the robustness of the surveillance system," the ministry said, in this CBS News article.

Despite saying there's no need to panic, the government said that approximately 350,000 children aged 6 weeks to 3 years will be vaccinated next week in Hyderabad and the neighbouring Talangana's Ranga Reddy district.

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