Polio cases have continued  primarily due of insurrection in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria has been polio free in 2019 and we are cautionly optimistic that the entire continent of Africa is on the path to being certified to be polio free. We must keep up the fight and hope that the Taliban can reach an agreement to allow our polio workers to continue their work in the last bastion of the wild polio virus.
Polio this week as of 10 July 2019
 
Headlines:
  • A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in China. It is genetically linked to a VDPV2 isolated from an environmental sample from Xinjiang province, collected on 18 April 2018.  WHO is continuing to evaluate the situation and stands ready to support the ongoing investigation and risk assessment by national authorities.
     
  Afghanistan: 
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in the past week. There are 10 WPV1 cases reported in 2019 from Afghanistan. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 remains 21.
  • No WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week.
  • Read the latest polio update from Afghanistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaignsNo
 Pakistan:
  • Nine wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been confirmed: one each from Jaffarabad and Killa Abdullah districts, Balochistan province with onset of paralysis on 28 May and 9 June 2019; five from Bannu district with onset of paralysis on 9,11,14,16, and 20 June 2019, and two from Torghar district with onset of paralysis on 13 and 17 June 2019, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The total number of WPV1 cases are 41. The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains 12.
  •  WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week: one each from Gadap Town and Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Karachi district, Sindh province; and Lahore district, Punjab province. The samples were collected between 18-19 June 2019.
  • Read the latest polio update from Pakistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
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  Nigeria:
  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 has been reported in the past week. There are nine cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019 so far. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2018 remains 34.
  • No positive environmental samples were reported in the past week. 
  • Recent confirmation of spread of one of the cVDPV2 outbreaks, both within Nigeria and internationally, underscores the urgent need to fill remaining vaccination gaps in the ongoing outbreak response, and to optimize the geographic extent and operational quality of mOPV2 response.
  • Read our Nigeria country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns.