Polio Headlines 11 May, 2022

The border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains fragile and one additional new case in Pakistan has been reported in May.
New wild poliovirus isolates reported this week:
AFP cases: 0
Environment: 0
Others: 0
 
New cVDPV isolates reported this week:
AFP cases 13
Environment: 12
Others:  1

Headlines:-      
  • Ahead of the WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place from 22-28 May 2022, the GPEI has prepared two reports which will inform Member State discussions, namely on polio eradication, and on polio transition planning and post-certification.  The reports are available on this page.
  • “When I arrive on the back of a pick-up truck with my megaphone and drums, children from the communities run after us in full excitement and jump up and down and ask me to play my drums,” Takatiti - A local musician in The Gambia advocating for the polio vaccine with the rhythm of his drums. Read more
  • Global Health Matters podcast:  Catch the latest podcast episode focusing on paths to a disease-free world, including an interview with Aidan O’Leary, WHO Director for Polio Eradication, discussing the importance of completing the job of polio eradication. 
  Afghanistan:
  • No new WPV1 or cVDPV2 viruses were reported this week. There is one WPV1 case reported in 2022 and four in 2021.  The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 43.
Pakistan: 
  • No new WPV1 case was reported this week. There are two cases in 2022.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2021 remains one.  The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains eight.

Officially reported WPV cases as of 10 May 2022
Total global WPV1 cases in 2022: 3  (compared with 2 for
the same period in 2021)
Total global WPV1 cases in 2021: 6 
 
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases
Total global cVDPV cases in 2022: 68 (compared with 73 for
the same period in 2021)
Total global cVDPV cases in 2021: 688