We were |this| close, now we are |this| close. There are, however, some glimmers of hope. The ONLY outbreak of polio due to the wild virus continues to be in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area where the Taliban is active. Recently, their spokesmen said that they will allow immunization workers to continue their work unthreatened. We sincerely hope this will bring us closer to total immunization in the area.
 
The other challenge which has surfaced recently in multiple countries is "cDVPV" infections resulting from recently immunized children passing the virus along to unimmunized children. See this page for further details.
 
 
Polio this week as of 25 September 2019
 
 
 
Headlines:
 
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Pakistan Polio Programme are looking for innovative ways to help quickly detect, control and/or respond to the spread of anti-vaccination propaganda on social media in an urban population. For more information on how to join this collective effort  please click here.
  •  through the lives of polio vaccinators in Somaliland as they reach out to vaccinate nomadic communities.
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan — one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)- positive environmental sample; Pakistan— four WPV1 cases and seven WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria— one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2)- positive case; Angola— four cVDPV2 cases; Myanmar— two cVDPV1 cases.
  Afghanistan: 
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported. There are 16 WPV1 cases reported in 2019. There were 21 WPV1 cases reported in 2018.
  • One WPV1-positive environmental sample was reported in the past week from Lashkargah district, Hilmand province. The sample was collected on 29 August 2019.
 Pakistan:
  • Four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported: three from Lakki Marwat district and one from Torghar district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The onsets of paralysis were on 18, 24, 28, and 2 August 2019 respectively. There are 66 WPV1 cases reported in 2019. There were 12 WPV1 cases reported in 2018.
  • Seven WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported: two each from Quetta and Killa Abdullah districts, and one from Pishin district, Balochistan province; and, one each from Faisalabad and Lahore districts, Punjab province. The samples were collected between 28 August-5 September 2019.
  Nigeria:
  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week. There are 16 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019. There were 34 cVDPV2 cases in 2018.
  • One cVDPV2-positive environmental sample was reported from Ilorin East LGA, Kwara State. The sample was collected on 27 August 2019.