Polio Vaccine Brings Polio Back to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Polio Vaccine Brings Polio Back to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

The polio vaccine that has been spreading the polio virus around in the third world has done it again–Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have both reported cases of vaccine-derived polio, which is caused by the virus contained in the oral polio vaccine administered as polio drops to children under the age of five.

Cosmos Magazine, on February 13, reported the outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Papua New Guinea—the first cases of polio since 1996. The country recorded 26 cases between April and October 2018. The story says that the re-emergence of the disease… “has been traced to the strain of poliovirus used in the standard vaccine administered to protect against the illness.”

But then the story suddenly contradicts itself and blames people who did not get the polio vaccine for this outbreak.

But the real cause, reports a team of medicos writing for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is not the vaccine itself, but the fact that not enough people have received it.

It does not explain how the vaccine-derived virus would still affect the people if the vaccine wasn’t given in the first pace and the virus would thus not have been spread at all.

Polio vaccine didn’t bring polio back to Papua New Guinea alone; Indonesia, a neighbor of Papua New Guinea, also suffered the same fate. Outbreak News Today reported on February 15 that Indonesia reported its first polio case in more than a decade. Testing the sample from a case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), the results revealed the case to be vaccine-derived polio.

Despite causing polio outbreaks, the oral polio vaccine is administered to children in the third world routinely. And it is even forced on children in some countries as the governments there coerce the parents or guardians to vaccine their children with it.

Related: Vaccine Causes New Polio Cases in Congo

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