Polio eradication this week:
- The ‘high season’ for polio transmission is seeing a dramatic expansion of polio in Pakistan. Over the past four months, 45 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported since August, with evidence of widespread geographic transmission across the country.
- The situation in Pakistan is increasingly worrying to the global eradication effort, especially in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which remains the main transmission zone in Pakistan. This area is also affected by an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). The risk of spread within the country and internationally is high.