Polio eradication this week:
- First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days.
- A new WPV1 case was reported this week from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. It is the second WPV1 case in the country, since the outbreak in neighbouring Cameroon spread to Equatorial Guinea recently. Outbreak response activities in both countries are being intensified. In March, WHO had elevated its risk assessment of further international spread from Cameroon to very high, due to geographic expansion of infected areas in the country, gaps in the quality of surveillance, and influx of vulnerable refugee populations from neighbouring countries.