Malaysia experiences first Polio case in 27 years
Malaysian health authorities reported on Sunday that a 3 month old baby had been diagnosed with Polio on Borneo Island. This is the first reported case of polio in 27 years.
Noor Hisham Abdullah, the Malaysian health ministry’s director-general, said that the baby from Tuaran in eastern Sabah state was admitted into intensive care after a high fever and muscle weakness.
Polio is a highly infectious disease that has been largely eradicated due to immunization. Malaysia has been officially Polio free since 2000 with the last case occurring in 1992.
Experts are not surprised as immunization is not mandatory in Malaysia.