Update: Polio this week – As of 10 July 2013
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
[Editor’s extract and bolded text]
:: In the Horn of Africa, an outbreak of WPV1 is continuing, centred around Banadir, Somalia. The majority of cases associated with this outbreak developed paralysis before the start of the comprehensive emergency outbreak response activities.
:: WPV3 continues to be at the lowest ever recorded levels. Globally, WPV3 has not been detected anywhere since November 2012, from Yobe state, Nigeria. In Asia, the strain the strain has not been detected in over a year (since April 2012, from Khyber Agency in Pakistan)… For more, please click here: http://www.polioeradication.org/Mediaroom/Newsstories/Newsstories2013/tabid/488/iid/290/Default.aspx
:: Nine new WPV cases were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of WPV cases for 2013 to 35. The most recent WPV case had onset of paralysis on 18 June (WPV1 from Bauchi).
:: FATA is the major WPV1 reservoir in Pakistan at the moment. Of 18 WPV1 cases reported in the country in 2013, more than half are from FATA. Bara in Khyber Agency is particularly affected. This outbreak is threatening progress achieved elsewhere in the country and in neighbouring Afghanistan.
:: In 2011 and 2012, Bara was the epicentre of a major outbreak which also spread to other areas.
Horn of Africa
:: Four new WPV cases were reported in the past week (all from Banadir, Somalia), bringing the total number of WPV1 cases in the region to 52 (45 WPV1s from Somalia and seven WPV1s from Kenya). The most recent case in the region had onset of paralysis on 8 June (from Banadir).
:: Banadir remains the epicentre of the outbreak.
:: Outbreak response across the Horn of Africa continues to be implemented. In Somalia, campaigns were held on 1-6 July. In Kenya, activities were conducted on 3-7 July. In Ethiopia on 5-8 July, and in Yemen the next campaigns are planned for late August.