Polio eradication this week:
- Pakistan continues to be the country with most polio cases in the world this year. This week, five new cases were reported (two wild poliovirus type 1 – WPV1, and three circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – cVDPV2). Four of the cases are from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and one is from Gadap, greater Karachi.
- In Nigeria, the Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization (ERC) is convening this week in Abuja. The ERC is expected to review the current epidemiology of poliovirus transmission in the country, and put forward recommendations to rapidly achieve a polio-free Nigeria.