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Bhopal, June 6 (UNI) The attempts to declare Madhya Pradesh free from polio has taken a beating with the detection of a case in Chhatarpur district, official sources said today.

A fresh special campaign will be launched in Chhatarpur and six other districts of the state's Bundelkhand region.

This was decided at a high-level meeting of health officials to review the polio situation here.

Under the campaign, the first dose will be administered on June 25, while the second dose will be given on August 8.

As per official records, the last polio case was detected on November 2003. Eleven polio cases were detected in 2003, while 21 cases came to light in 2002. However, no case was registered in 2001.

According to a UNI correspondent in Chhatarpur, seven-month-old son of labourer Chhotelal Ahirwar (30) has been detected with polio, official sources said.

Ahirwar's son had been administered polio drops on January 28 and April nine. The complaint in the patient's leg surfaced ten days after the second dose on April 19. Polio's presence came to light on June two after examination.

On medical department's directions, a UNICEF team has been dispatched to collect blood samples of the affected child.

As per medical experts, the first polio dose is administered when a child is one-and-a-half-month old, while the second dose is given between ages of two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half months.

After administering three doses of polio drops, children are given two doses as first and second boosters at the age of 1.5 years and 5 years.

As per medical experts, after a polio case is detected, a fresh immunisation drive is launched for three years and surveillance is carried out for two years before declaring a state or a country free from polio.

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