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Polio this week as of 4 November 2014

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Two new cases of circulating vaccine derived polio virus (cVDPV) have been reported in South Sudan, constituting an outbreak. Immunization activities are planned in November and December in order to stop the spread of cVDPV.

Immunization campaigns in Iraq in September reached 88% of children under 5. Around 20 million children were vaccinated across the Middle East in October. These activities are helping to protect the gains made against the virus in the region, with no case reported for nearly 7 months.

In central Africa, it has been 6 months since the latest case of polio in Equatorial Guinea. In Cameroon, high level delegates from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health in order to discuss the urgency of the outbreak response.