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07 Aug 2014 description
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As of 21 July 2014 :

Syria

No new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 21 January 2014, from Salamiyah district, Hama governorate. The total number of laboratory confirmed WPV1 cases for 2014 is ONE, and 35 for 2013. The annualized non-polio AFP rate is 3.2 per 100,000 and the proportion of AFP cases with adequate specimens is 91%.

Iraq:

17 Apr 2014 description
  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

10 Apr 2014 description
  • First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days. For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio in a six-month-old boy from northern Baghdad was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March.

07 Apr 2014 description

Joint press release

Middle East polio outbreak response continues

AMMAN, 6 April 2014 – Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.

For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad.

20 Jan 2014 description

The total number of confirmed wild poliovirus type 1 cases in the Syrian Arab Republic is 16.
Please note that the case from Douma, Rural Damascus with an onset of paralysis of September 2013 is now considered not to be wild poliovirus.

There is an advance notification of a wild poliovirus type 1 case from Ras Al len district, Hasakah Province. Additional information on this case will be provided in the next bulletin.

30 Nov 2013 description

The “WHO/UNICEF Strategic Plan for Polio Outbreak Response in the Middle East” outlines the specific actions that will need to be implemented across the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and the West Bank and Gaza Strip in response to the circulation of wild poliovirus (WPV) following importation. Successful implementation of all activities will meet the stated objective of the plan: to stop this outbreak by the end of March 2014.

11 Feb 2013 description

Government implementing a comprehensive response in line with international outbreak response guidelines

07 Feb 2013 description

• The first WPV case of 2013 was reported this week, a WPV1 from greater Karachi, Pakistan. The 14-month old child had onset of paralysis on 14 January 2013. Case response activities are being planned.

• Response activities are also ongoing in both Niger and Egypt, in response to recent detection of a case (in Niger) and environmental isolates (in Egypt).