We are down to the polio endgame with an extremely small number of new cases being detected. Follow this story for weekly updates on polio progress.
Polio this week as of 13 DECEMBER 2017
HeadlinesNew on polioeradication.org: Technical advisory groups met last week to review progress made to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and advise on the way forward to further improve the quality of programme implementation during the low transmission season.
   In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas.
   Pakistan and Afghanistan are implementing sub-national rounds during the second half of December; the rounds are synchronized to ensure that all the high risk mobile populations are efficiently reached with polio vaccine.

Afghanistan:  OTwo new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples were reported this week, both collected from Jalalabad district in Nangarhar province on 25 November.
   No new cases of WPV1 have been reported. The total number of officially reported WPV1 cases in Afghanistan in 2017 remains eleven.

Pakistan:  One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was officially reported this week in Karachi Gadap district, Sindh province, with onset 9 November. This follows advance notification of the case in last week’s data reporting.
   The total number of officially reported WPV1 cases in Pakistan in 2017 is now six.
   An advance notification has been received of one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case in Balochistan province. The case will be officially reflected in next week’s global data reporting.
Nigeria:   No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains four and no cases have been reported in 2017.  The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016 in Monguno Local Government Area, Borno.
   Nigeria continues to implement an emergency response to the detected WPV1 strain and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) strains affecting the country (last detected in 2016).