GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 23 January 2014

Update: Polio this week – As of 23 January 2014
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx

[Editor’s extract and bolded text]
:: The first four cases wild poliovirus cases type 1 (WPV1) have been reported for 2014. All cases were reported from North Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan. North Waziristan is the district with the largest number of children being paralyzed by poliovirus in the world. As long as polio still exists in reservoirs like North Waziristan, the world will always be at risk of outbreaks.
::The Gates Annual Letter for 2014 is now available, and polio eradication is shown as an example of what works in foreign aid.
:: The WHO/UNICEF Strategic Plan for Polio Outbreak Response in the Middle East [pdf] outlines the action plan for Syria and neighbouring countries in response to the circulation of wild poliovirus following importation. The objective is to stop the outbreak in Syria by the end of March 2014 and prevent any further international spread.
:: The WHO Executive Board (EB) is meeting in Geneva on 20-25 January. Ahead of the EB session, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) published the report: “Poliomyelitis: intensification of the global eradication initiative”. The full report is available in English and French here.

Pakistan
:: Four new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week, all from North Waziristan, FATA. The total number for WPV1 cases for Pakistan in 2014 is now 4. The total number of WPV1 cases for Pakistan in 2013 remains 91. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 5 January (from North Waziristan, FATA).