A nine-year-old child has been confirmed as the first death from polio in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since the country was declared polio-free 18 years ago.
- The boy had been living with the virus for several months before his death
- Officials say 140 other children have acute flaccid paralysis, a key symptom of polio
- PNG had been polio-free for nearly two decades before an outbreak in June
PNG was declared polio-free in the year 2000 and before this year, its last recorded case was in 1996.
An outbreak was declared in June, after the first case of the virus was confirmed in a settlement in the country’s second-largest city.
“This is a tragic story,” said the World Health Organisation’s PNG country director, Dr Luo Dapang.
“After 18 years polio-free, the polio came back.”