The Pará State Department of Health (Sespa) has a Alleged case of polio in a three-year-old boy. If confirmed, it would be the first case of polio in Brazil since 1989.

According to the Risk Communication document published by the Health Surveillance Strategic Information Center, the virus was detected in stool by viral isolation methodology.

Although the result points to a possible case of Polio, the document also reveals other hypotheses, such as Guillain Barré Syndrome. “The case is under investigation, according to recommendations in the Ministry of Health’s Guide to Epidemiological Surveillance”.


The boy, living in the municipality of Santo Antônio do Tauá, initially presented with fever, myalgia, myalgia and acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). Weeks later, the boy lost strength in his legs and could no longer stand. Two weeks after collection of feces, the report with positive results was published.

It is worth remembering that the National Vaccination Campaign Against Polio started on 8 August and ended on 30 September. Until the last day, only 54.21% of children aged one to five years across the country were vaccinated.

But some municipalities in the country have expanded their polio vaccination campaigns due to low compliance.

Source: Tec Mundo

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