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Telangana declares global emergency as polio virus discovered in Hyderabad

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The News Minute,Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 

Health officials say that it is a vaccine-derived virus strain so there is no need to panic, but precautions are being taken.

The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded an emergency after an active P2 strain of polio virus (vaccine-derived) was detected in a sample of water collected from a drain in Hyderabad's Amberpet area.

The Times of India reported that this prompted the state government to airlift two lakh vaccines from Geneva in a bid to inoculate more than three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district as a "preventive measure" from Wednesday.

India completed five years as a polio free country in January this year as the last case was reported in 2011, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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A follow-up story from the New York Times, 16 June 2016:

Polio Strain Found in Hyderabad, India, Prompts Vaccination Drive

A polio vaccination drive will begin on Monday, the health authorities said, with the aim of vaccinating about 300,000 children in parts of Hyderabad and in the Rangareddy district also part of the state of Telangana, according to a statement from India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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