Sunday, 5 October 2014

Polio scare as child in UP's Hardoi shows symptoms

LUCKNOW: The polio scare is back with doctors in Hardoi suspecting that an 18-month-old boy could be suffering from it.

On Saturday experts of the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) sent samples of the boy's stool for tests after he showed signs of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), which could be a symptom of polio.

The samples were sent to the WHO-recognised polio testing lab at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here after separate teams from UP government and NPSP met the boy's parents and doctors treating him in Hardoi, near Lucknow. The tests, which would take about two weeks, would confirm if there is any presence of polio-causing entero-virus.

Uttar Pradesh principal secretary, health, Arvind Kumar, said that the boy had suffered paralysis in his upper arm, which could be an indicator that he may not have been afflicted with polio. "Polio usually affects lower limbs," said Kumar.

On September 29, the boy's parents were alarmed when he ceased to move his arms after developing fever. His father, who lives in Firozpur village of Sandi block, took him to local doctors, who referred him to the district hospital on October 2.

While health workers said that a shoulder injury could have restricted the movement, senior doctors suspected AFP, one of the symptoms of polio.

Experts at NPSP took the matter seriously though they said that AFP cases were routine.

"AFP is a clinical syndrome, which has many infectious and non-infectious causes. This includes problems in peripheral nerves, muscular problems and systemic diseases," said Kumar. scare,National Polio Surveillance Project

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