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Infant's sample sent to polio lab, result in 3 weeks

A day after Sumi Naskar developed symptoms of paralysis in Baruipur in the South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, her stool samples were sent to Baruipur sub-divisional hospital from Indrapara village for lab investigation.

kolkata Updated: Mar 14, 2012 02:48 IST
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A day after Sumi Naskar developed symptoms of paralysis in Baruipur in the South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, her stool samples were sent to Baruipur sub-divisional hospital from Indrapara village for lab investigation.

The 18-month-old girl, who was admitted to a state-run hospital in Kolkata with paralysis on Monday, is among 8,156 children with symptoms of flaccid paralysis who were investigated for polio this year by the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

All the children tested negative for polio virus in 2012. Naskar’s laboratory investigation results will come in two to three weeks.

“Polio is one of the many causes of flaccid paralysis and certainly not the only cause. Any child that develops paralysis is tested as a part of routine polio surveillance. In 2011, 60,782 children from more than 35,000 centres across the country were investigated. Of them, only one tested positive for polio in Howrah district of West Bengal in January 2011,” said the WHO in a statement.

To track polio across the country, all children younger than 15 who suddenly develop floppiness, weakness or paralysis in any part of the body are tested for polio. These cases are called Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) cases.

Naskar’s tests will be done at the Centre’s WHO-approved national polio lab in Kyd Street.

“It is not a positive case of polio. Despite that the district administration has been alerted to keep watch in Indrapara village. All necessary measures relating to polio immunization programme and surveillance have been beefed up,” said Dr Ama Das Basu, additional director of health services (ADHS) in- charge of mother and child care.

“The samples will be sent to the global referral lab Entero Virus Research Center in Mumbai for further confirmation, if the test report at Kyd Street lab show confusing results. It will take at least three weeks to get the test report from Kyd Street lab,” WHO official said.