Polio this week - As of 23 October 2013
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In Syria, reports of suspected polio cases have emerged. A cluster of hot cases is currently being investigated, and has prompted planning for a comprehensive outbreak response across the region. See ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more.
One wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case has been confirmed in Cameroon. This is the first WPV in the country since 2009. WPV1 was isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case from Ouest province, with onset of paralysis on 1 October 2013. Genetic sequencing is on-going to determine origin of the isolated virus. See ‘Chad, Cameroon and Central African Republic’ section for more.