Indonesian Ministry of Health Finds Three Children in Aceh with Polio Virus but Without Symptoms

- 25 November 2022 13:53 WIB
The Ministry of Health is boosting Polio immunization to protect Indonesian children. (Photo/twitter @KemenkesRI).
The Ministry of Health is boosting Polio immunization to protect Indonesian children. (Photo/twitter @KemenkesRI).

JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Indonesian Ministry of Health found three children positive for the poliovirus but showed no symptoms in Pidie District, Aceh on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

These findings were based on the results of a follow-up examination of the feces of 19 children under the age of 5 who lived around polio patients through Targeted Healthy Stools Sampling in early November 2022.

"From the results of examinations of 19 children, three children were found to be positive for the poliovirus," explained Ministry of Health spokesperson Muhammad Syahril in a press release, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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However, these children did not display symptoms indicating meningitis or paralysis, which are severe symptoms of the poliovirus according to the CDC.

Syahril said that the Ministry of Health is keeping close watch on the cases by doing door-to-door screening to ensure that there are no additional cases of polio that have not been reported.

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a disease caused by the poliovirus. In some cases, polio can lead to meningitis and permanent paralysis and even death due to failure or paralysis of the respiratory system.

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"Polio is very dangerous for children because the impact is permanent for life, causes paralysis and there is no cure," he stated.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

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