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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Child who got polio from vaccine moved out of ICU

Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 21, 2013
First Published: 09:23 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 09:26 IST(21/8/2013)

After a month of being on ventilator support, nine-monthold Arsh Singh who was detected with Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus (VDPV) type 2, was shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) of BJ Wadia Hospital in Parel.

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“We are relieved. He is finally out of danger,” said Arsh’s uncle Akhilesh Singh.

VDPVs are a genetic mutation of the strain of the polio virus contained in the oral polio vaccine.

HT was the first to report Arsh’s story in its July 29 edition.

Arsh, a Navi Mumbai resident had suffered from paralysis of all limbs.

“He has shown signs of improvement and we expect him to recover in seven to 10 days. He still can’t walk, but there slight movement in his limbs,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director, directorate of Health Services.

The state health department has decided to pay for his treatment.

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