Prevalence of Paralytic Poliomyelitis in Rural and Urban Populations in Ethiopia: Report of a House-to-House Survey

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  • 1 Gondar College of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 196
  • | * Gondar Regional Health Department, Gondar, Ethiopia

A house-to-house survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of poliomyelitis. During the survey 37,219 households were visited and 17,941 children 5–9 years old were found. Of 231 lame children, lameness compatible with paralytic poliomyelitis was found in 131, of these 91% had their condition before the age of 3 years. Nineteen percent ndeded a stick support for walking while 12% were unable to walk even with support. This problem was more common in rural populations. The prevalence of paralytic poliomyelitis was 7.3/1,000 children 5–9 years old.