Polio this week as of 12 July 2017
At the G20 Head of State Summit in Hamburg, Germany, last weekend, leaders acknowledged the efforts to eradicate and committed to completing the job of polio eradication. More.
Journal of Infectious Diseases publishes supplement of articles on polio endgame and legacy implementation lessons learned and best practices. More.
The Global Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (GCC) met on 4-5 July in Paris, France. This was the 16th meeting of the GCC, and the first under the group’s new Chair, Professor David Salisbury from the UK, following the retirement of the previous Chair Professor Tony Adams from Australia. The meeting was attended by all six Regional Certification Committee (RCC) Chairs, along with partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
In Syria, one of the previously-reported cases from Raqua, on re-testing, has been confirmed as negative for circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), and has been removed from the list of cases. The total number of cVDPV2 cases is now 23 (22 from Deir-Al-Zour and one from Raqua). The Pakistan and Afghanistan National Emergency Operation Centre teams convened a coordination meeting in Amman, Jordan, on 10–11 July. A joint response plan was put together for new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases / isolates in the southern corridor (comprising Quetta Block / Greater Kandahar). The teams also reviewed the situation in the greater Peshawar / Nangarhar and South East Afghanistan / Southern KP-FATA Corridors and agreed on further actions to improve the quality of immunization activities and surveillance with special focus on high-risk mobile populations.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Pakistan – one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis case; Afghanistan – one new WPV1-positive environmental sample. See country-specific section below, for more details.