Damn it, Damn it, DAMN IT!
18 years after Papua New Guinea was certified polio free, a new case has been confirmed.
The victim was a six-year-old boy who developed weakness in his lower limbs, later confirmed to be the result of a polio virus infection.
This is terrible. An outbreak in a formerly polio free country is a huge setback to the final eradication of the disease. Authorities acted quickly and began an inoculation campaign. The problem is that the child lived in an area where vaccination rates are very low, and like a dropped cigarette can start a conflagration, this threatens to become a severe outbreak. Hopefully, the swift action will prevent that.