POLIO [to 28 March 2015]

POLIO [to 28 March 2015]
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 25 March 2015
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx

:: Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched this week in Bangladesh, as part of global efforts to introduce the vaccine globally by end-2015, ahead of the planned switch from trivalent OPV to bivalent OPV in early 2016. “Together with GPEI, Gavi is supporting an unprecedented push to introduce IPV into most countries by the end of 2015. Strong routine immunization is an essential factor to interrupt and maintain zero polio transmission,” commented Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. More.
:: The GPEI is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in summer 2015 internships at the World Health Organization. More information is available here.

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Pakistan
:: One new WPV1 case was reported in the past week, from Quetta, Balochistan, with onset of paralysis on 20 February. This brings the total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 to 20 (and 2014 remains 306). The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 24 February (from Khyber, Federally Administered Tribal Areas – FATA).