GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 16 January 2014

Update: Polio this week – As of 9 January 2014
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx
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::  In Syria, polio vaccination campaigns continue despite challenges. According to preliminary results more than 2 million children were immunized against polio across Syria last week during a third round of vaccination in response to a polio outbreak in the country. For more, please click here.
:: India celebrates three years since its last case of polio, despite once being considered the most challenging place to end the disease. Pending final clearance of December and January laboratory samples, the Regional Certification Commission is expected to certify the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization as polio-free in March. For more, please click here.

Afghanistan
:: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2013 is now 13. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 20 December from Watapur, Kunar province. All but one of the WPV1 cases 2013 in Afghanistan are reported from Eastern Region, close to the Pakistan border.

Nigeria
:: Two new WPV cases were reported this week – one from Damboa, Borno and one from Kura, Kano. The total number of WPV cases for Nigeria 2013 is now 53 (all WPV1). The most recent WPV1 case in the country had onset of paralysis on 15 December from Damboa, Borno.
:: One new cVDPV2 case was reported in the past week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases for 2013 is now 3. The most recent cVDPV case had onset of paralysis on 6 November (from Konduga, Borno).

Pakistan
:: Six new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. Four from North Waziristan, FATA; one from Khyber, FATA; and one from Karachi Baldia, Sindh. The total number of WPV1 cases for Pakistan in 2013 is now 91. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 28 December (from Khyber, FATA).

Horn of Africa
:: In Ethiopia, two new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. Both cases had onset of paralysis on 21 October and were reported from Warder district, Somali region.
:: In Somalia, two new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. One from Bossaso district, Bari region and one from Bardera district, Gedo region.
:: The total number of WPV1 cases in the Horn of Africa is now 207 (185 from Somalia, 14 from Kenya and eight from Ethiopia). The most recent WPV1 case in the region had onset of paralysis on 26 November (from Bardera, Gedo region in Somalia).
:: Outbreak response across the Horn of Africa is on-going. The impact of concerted response efforts is continued to be seen, as no new cases have been reported since July from the epicentre of the outbreak – Banadir, Somalia. All efforts continue to be made to reach all children across the region.