Polio this week - as of 26 March 2014
The data table below is as of 26 March 2014
World’s most populous region certified polio-free: the WHO South East Asia Region was certified polio-free at a ceremony in India this week, meaning that transmission of wild poliovirus has been interrupted in this bloc of 11 countries stretching from Indonesia to India. This achievement marks a significant leap forward in global eradication, with 80% of the world’s population now living in certified polio-free regions.
A case of polio due to wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported from Iraq this week. This is the first polio case in the country since 2000 and is further evidence of regional spread of the virus. The case, a six-month old boy from Baghdad who had not been immunized, developed paralysis on 10 February 2014. Genetic sequencing indicates the virus is most closely related to virus detected in Syria. WPV1 was also isolated from the child’s three-year old sister, who did not develop symptoms. More
The GPEI report to the upcoming World Health Assembly in May is now available online. It summarizes the status against each of the four objectives of the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan, and presents an overview of programmatic priorities for the rest of 2014. The full report is available here. - See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx#sth...