Prevalence of poliovirus antibodies in healthy children of Ahmedabad

  • R. K. D. Goel
  • C. I. Jhala
  • F. R. C. Path
  • R. K. Chhaya
  • G. C. Naik
  • R. C. Mehta
Original Articles


Antibodies against polioviruses were estimated in 258 healthy children upto 3 years of age in Ahmedabad. Fifty per cent of the children were negative for all three poliovirus antibodies before immunisation. Only 7.8 per cent of children had antibodies against all the three types of poliovirus. Prevalence of poliovirus type 1, type 2 and type 3 antibodies were 32.3, 31.8 and 15.5 per cent respectively. In the 3–6 months age group 39.6 per cent children were having poliovirus antibodies against one or more type but the per cent positivity increased in the age group 25–36 months to 78.6 per cent children. There was no difference in the prevalence of polio antibodies between the two sexes. About 92.0 per cent of children upto 3 years of age were lacking in one or more types of poliovirus antibodies in their blood, and would be susceptible for paralytic poliomyelitis if not immunised.

Key words

Polio virus antibodies 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. D. Goel
    • 1
  • C. I. Jhala
    • 1
  • F. R. C. Path
    • 1
  • R. K. Chhaya
    • 1
  • G. C. Naik
    • 1
  • R. C. Mehta
    • 1
  1. 1.Gujarat State Virus Research CentreB.J. Medical CollegeAhmedabad

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