The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced first polio in Malawi outbreak on the African continent after several years.
Polio is a contagious infectious disease and can cause paralysis and death.
WHO confirmed that the wild type 1 poliovirus was discovered in a child in the city of Lilongwe, adding that laboratory tests had shown that it had apparently been brought in from Pakistan.
“As long as wild polio exists anywhere in the world all countries remain at risk of importation of the virus” said WHO regional director, Matshidiso Moeti Friday.
Meanwhile, WHO has pledged it will support local health authorities in the south-east African country to ensure that the case remained isolated and did not spread.
Except for Afghanistan and Pakistan, all countries in the world had beaten the wild polioviruses.
In Africa, the last case was registered in Nigeria in 2018. dpa/NAN