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Status: imported poliovirus

Mali is one of the countries in the “wild poliovirus importation belt” – a band of countries stretching from west Africa to central Africa and the Horn of Africa, which are recurrently re-infected with poliovirus originating from northern Nigeria. The immediate priority is to stop all active outbreaks using mop-up campaigns with monovalent oral polio vaccine in the infected areas, combined with a series of large-scale, synchronized supplementary immunization activities across most of the “importation belt” countries to protect against further importations.


Polio campaign monitoring


Polio this week in West Africa

  • No new WPV1 cases have been reported in West Africa in 2014. The most recent WPV1 case in the region had onset of paralysis in Tahoua province, Niger, on 15 November 2012.
  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The last case of cVDPV2 had onset of paralysis in Niger on 11 July 2013.
  • Even as polio programme staff across West Africa support efforts to control the Ebola outbreak affecting the region, a large scale synchronized vaccination campaign has been rolled out in those countries not affected by Ebola. NIDs took place on 19-22 September in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo, and in Mauritania 20-23 September using trivalent OPV. NIDs in Guinea-Bissau will take place 27-30 September, also using trivalent OPV. Further NIDs are planned in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo on 31 October-2 November.

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