Polio returns to Malaysia after almost 30 years

9 December, 2019

Dear HIFA and CHIFA,

Extracts below. Full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/polio-returns-haunt-malaysia-almost-30-years-1341...


Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island...

Malaysia was declared polio free in 2000. The last case in the country occurred in 1992...

Public health expert T. Jayabalan told AFP that he was not surprised by the polio outbreak because immunisation was not mandatory in Malaysia.

"This first case probably is the tip of the iceberg. There is a very high possibility of a rising trend," he warned.

Jayabalan said there was a small group of people who refuse vaccination on account of misinformation...


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