Navigation Links
Now a Polio Scare for Air Travellers

A 22-year-old student from Pakistan has been diagnosed with the first case of polio in Australia in 20 years and remains quarantined in a Melbourne hospital .

He is a student student living in Melbourne, said the Australian government's Chief Medical Officer John Horvath. The young man had flown in by a Thai Airlines flight TG999 on July 2.

Authorities issued a national health alert when the diagnosis was confirmed on Friday. They also started immunizing those passengers who had shared the flight with the Pakistani.

About 120 of the 249 passengers have been found so far and about 50 were given booster shots at the Department of Human Services offices in Melbourne.

Among them was Melbourne man Paul O'Connor, 66, who was terrified of polio as a child.

"I remembered the 1950s epidemic in Melbourne and one of our neighbours, a boy that I used to muck around with, was very badly crippled by polio," he said.

"I used to see him being treated by a physiotherapist and he suffered a lot of pain, terrible disability, he had a shocking childhood.

"In those days you were terrified of getting it."

For brothers Alex Gath, aged three, and Michael, seven, today's injections were frightening enough and they screamed when they saw the needle.

The family had been visiting relatives in Thailand.

Passenger David Irvine said his wife Sheila had been ill after the flight, but was fine now.

The trip home from Scotland, via Thailand, was already traumatic with the Glasgow Airport car bombing, he said.

"It's not the way to finish a holiday, that's for sure," he said.

Irvine said he sat next to a Pakistani student on the plane but did not know whether that man was the one now in hospital.

Victoria's chief health officer Dr John Carnie said the student's symptoms had gone, but he would be quarantined for at least 10 days and must test negative twice before being released.

His five Melbourne flatmates have also been quarantined.

The student had been in Pakistan for four months and began showing symptoms in June, he said.

Pakistan is one of four countries not declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year, Pakistan has reported nine polio cases, Nigeria has reported 105, India 62 and Afghanistan three.

The risk to the flight's passengers is low, Dr Carnie said.

"We are just being extra cautious in advising them to have a vaccine."

There is no specific treatment for polio, patients are kept in bed then given physiotherapy, he said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Intense Fight Against Polio In India Gets Results
2. Only 30 Polio Cases Reported In India
3. Polio Fears Raised In Canada
4. More Polio Vaccination programs Planned for Indonesia
5. The Slow And Steady Race To Eradicate Polio Offers Hope
6. Bihar Health Officials Worried As Polio Cases Soar
7. Polio Continues To Haunt India
8. Somalia Hit By Poliomyelitis
9. WHO Kick Starts Polio Immunization Drive in Somalia
10. Minister Suspends 13 Officials For Pulse Polio Laxity
11. Polio Strikes Again
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Are you investing in the ... water-related accidents and drownings during the summer. While most of us assume this type ... occur every day. Very few people are taking the time to learn how to ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Intalere, the ... the podcast, “Make Plans for MACRA,” highlighting the impact of the ... office and how physicians and other clinicians are reimbursed for the care they ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... CareSet Labs today is releasing an important ... Part D Medicare data. The dataset, called PaPR (Providers and Prescribing Records) details ... paper. The PaPR (pronounced "paper") data set aggregates this information on a ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... The National Business Research ... National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and welcomes this organization to the ... Jan G. West, Ph.D. , CEO & Organizational Psychologist at NBRI. “This award ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... ... RawTrition now brings you BioEnergy which is a powder capsule whole food ... RawTrition is taking nutrients to the next level! The superfoods in RawTrition's BioEnergy ... (unlike the synthetically made options that are on the market). , Founder of RawTrition, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... MARLBOROUGH, Mass. , April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... company developing innovative therapeutics that address significant unmet ... new data from the Company,s consumer product development ... technology, at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) ... is to advance and promote the sciences relevant ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2014 ... ... US$ 7,167.6 Mn in 2015, and is expected to reach ... 5.6% from 2016 to 2024. The global ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... -- Cardiology devices segment is anticipated to reach the highest ... Devices segment is likely to create absolute $ opportunity of ... 2017. By the end of 2027, Cardiology Devices segment is ... Mn, expanding at a CAGR of 18.4% over the forecast ... Pacific reprocessed medical devices market in terms of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: