Syria cVDPV2 Outbreak Situation Report #16 - 3 October 2017
Seven (7) new cases of cVDPV2 have been confirmed this week —5 cases from Mayadeen and 1 from Boukamal districts, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Thawra district (newly infected), Raqqa governorate. Isolates from some cases had been laboratory pending for some time. The most recent case, a child from Boukamal with no history of polio vaccination, had onset of paralysis on 5 August.
The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 47.
Poliovirus has been isolated from stool samples collected from a healthy child in Damascus, as part of screening in place for IPDs from Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. The child, from Boukamal, Deir Ez-Zor, had samples collected on 19 August, the day of arrival. WHO and MoH will continue to take samples from healthy children in areas of Damascus with high numbers of IDPs, to ensure there is no wider circulation.
Preparation for the second immunization round for Raqqa is ongoing. Newly accessible villages in Thawra district have been included in campaign plans.
A series of meetings between partners to review outbreak response activities to date and to identify priorities for the next two months took place in Beirut 29-30 September.