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Pakistan and Afghanistan polio eradication teams convened last week in Islamabad to follow up on the southern corridor (Quetta Block – Greater Kandahar) joint planning for the upcoming low transmission season. The meeting was attended by the national teams as well as the staff from the southern region of Afghanistan and Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Pakistan: two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) environmental positive samples; Syria: six new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases; and, DR Congo: one new cVDPV2 case. See country-specific sections for further details on these officially-reported viruses this week. Additionally, pre-notification was received this week of a new WPV1 case from Karachi, Pakistan, the first in Karachi since January 2016. The case will be officially reflected in next week’s global data reporting.
NA: onset of paralysis in most recent case is prior to 2016. Figures exclude non-AFP sources. Lao PDR cVDPV1, all others cVDPV2. cVDPV definition: see document “Reporting and classification of vaccine-derived polioviruses” at [pdf]