Is polio re-emerging in Venezuela nearly 30 years after eradication?

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If polio is confirmed, Venezuela will be seeing its first case of polio in 29 years

Recently, Venezuela has seen a resurgence of other infectious diseases

CNN  — 

A child has been diagnosed with a common symptom of polio in Venezuela, where the infectious viral disease has been eradicated since 1989, according to the Pan American Health Organization, a regional apparatus of the World Health Organization. The Western Hemisphere has been certified polio-free since 1994.

In a statement to CNN, the WHO said, “an acute flaccid paralysis case is currently being investigated” in the state of Delta Amacuro, Venezuela. Acute flaccid paralysis is a sudden onset of weakness in or loss of the ability to move any part of the body of a child less than 15 years of age. Until additional laboratory results are received, polio cannot be confirmed, the WHO said.