UPDATE ON THE POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE
Wild poliovirus in
An investigation has been launched into a preliminary report of the detection of a wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in the Banadir region of
An investigation team is on site; genetic sequencing of the virus is ongoing to determine its origin. The preliminary results of these investigations will be reported as soon as possible.
Given that substantial areas of central and southern
A surveillance alert, highlighting the need for urgent active searches for additional cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and suspect polio in all health facilities, has been issued for all of
An immediate vaccination response with oral polio vaccine (OPV) is being planned to begin on 14-16 May  to reach more than 350 000 children under the age of 5 in all the 16 districts of Banadir region, with a series of subsequent activities, including nationwide OPV campaigns, under discussion.
WHO's International Travel and Health recommends that all travellers to and from polio-infected areas be fully vaccinated against polio.
Global update: Polio Eradication Initiative
Global Polio Eradication Initiative update as of 8 May 2012
Two new wild poliovirus (WPV) cases are officially reported this week [week of 8 May 2013], both from
No new WPV cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV cases for 2013 remains 2. The most recent WPV case had onset of paralysis on [28 Mar 2013] (WPV1 from Kunar).
No new cVDPV2 cases were reported in the past week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2013 remains 3. The most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis on [13 Mar 2013] (from
Two new WPV cases were reported in the past week (WPV1s from
No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported in the past week. The most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis on [24 Nov 2012] (from Kebbi).
No new WPV cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV cases for 2013 remains 6. The most recent WPV case had onset of paralysis on [22 Mar 2013] (WPV1 from Sindh). One new cVDPV2 case was reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2013 to 3. It is the most recent
cVDPV2 case in the country, and had onset of paralysis on [10 Apr 2013] (from Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA). This latest cVDPV2 case is from
Genetic sequencing has confirmed that this cVDPV2 case is linked to the ongoing outbreak previously restricted to Balochistan and parts of
The security situation continues to be monitored closely, in consultation with law enforcement agencies. Immunization activities continue to be implemented, in some areas staggered or postponed, depending on the security situation at the local level.
No new WPV cases were reported in the past week. The most recent WPV case had onset of paralysis on [14 Jun 2012] (WPV1 from Lac). No new cVDPV2 cases were reported in the past week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases for 2013 remains one (onset of paralysis on [4 Feb 2013] from Salamat).
No new cases were reported in the past week. The most recent case was a cVDPV2 case from
No new WPV cases were reported in the past week. The most recent case in the region was a WPV1 from Tahoua province in
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The occurrence of confirmed WPV1 cases in Somalia after 6 years of no documented WPV transmission is an unfortunate situation, yet unfortunately not surprising, given the information that there are areas in central and southern Somalia that have not conducted vaccination activities since 2009 (the Banadir region of Somalia is located to the south of Mogadishu in the central region of Somalia combined with continued circulation of WPV in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
The continued insecurities due to civil unrest in the 3 remaining polio endemic countries --
We await information on the genetic sequencing of the WPV1 involved in
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