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Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said on Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island.
The Malaysian health ministry’s director-general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the baby from Tuaran in eastern Sabah state had been admitted into intensive care after experiencing fever and muscle weakness.
“The patient is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward and is in a stable condition but needs respiratory support,” Noor Hisham said, adding that the infant was diagnosed on Friday.
Polio is a highly infectious viral disease which has no cure and can only be prevented with several doses of oral and injectable vaccines. It affects the nervous system and spinal cord and can be fatal in rare cases. (AFP)