KARACHI   -   The Wild Poliovirus Type-1 (WPV1) was detected in an en­vironmental sample collected from a sewage line in Karachi’s Landhi area in August, Paki­stan’s National Polio Labora­tory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad confirmed on Saturday.

The officials of the Ministry of National Health Services said that this was the first pos­itive environmental sample from Sindh this year.

As many as 11 positive cas­es of polio virus have been reported in Pakistan during August alone, while the total number of cases reported so far this year is 22. Of the 11 cases detected in August, five each were from Khyber Pak­htunkhwa and Punjab while Sindh reported one case.

This is the first positive en­vironmental sample from Ka­rachi in 2022. The previous positive sample from Karachi was reported in May 2021. The last wild poliovirus case from the district was reported in June 2020. The recent polio campaign in the district was conducted from August 15 till 21,” an official explained.

Thirteen positive environ­mental samples in 2022 have been collected from KP, includ­ing seven from Bannu, three from Peshawar, two from Swat and one from Nowshera. Seven positive samples have been collected from Punjab, includ­ing three from Lahore, two from Rawalpindi, and one each from Bahawalpur and Sialkot. One positive sample each has been collected from Karachi and Islamabad.

Of these 22 positive samples, one was collected in April, two in May, one in June, seven in July, and 11 in August 2022, the official said, adding that in 2021, 65 positive environmen­tal samples were detected in the country.