Previously eradicated, polio makes comeback in Malaysia after nearly three decades

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Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Health Ministry today confirmed the first case of polio in Malaysia, 27 years since the potentially deadly disease was eradicated from the country. — Picture courtesy of Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — The Ministry of Health announced today that it has confirmed the first case of polio in Malaysia, 27 years since the potentially deadly disease was eradicated from the country.

In a statement, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the case involved a three-month-old Malaysian male infant from Tuaran, Sabah, who was admitted following a fever.

The infant was confirmed as being infected with vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 on December 6.

Malaysia last had a polio case in 1992, before it was declared polio-free in 2000 together with other Western Pacific region countries.

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