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Africa has detected its first polio case in more than 5 years in young girl who is now paralyzed

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A major health update for Africa. According to the World Health Organization, a polio outbreak has been declared in Malawi this week after a case was detected in a local young girl. The unidentified girl reportedly had recently returned from the country of Pakistan where it is understood she actually contracted the virus from. The case is understood to have been detected in the Capital city of Lilongwe.

Scientists believe that after recent lab tests that the strain in the area matches the one currently going around in Pakistan which is still fighting it off in the endemic stages.

‘As an imported case from Pakistan, this detection does not affect the African region’s wild poliovirus-free certification status,’ WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said according to multiple reports on Friday.

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