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Niger

Status: imported poliovirus

In January 2006, Niger was taken off the endemic country list, having successfully interrupted indigenous wild poliovirus transmission for a period of 12 months. Since that time, Niger has been subject to repeated polio importations, due to its proximity to northern Nigeria. In all instances, adherence to international outbreak response has prevented imported polioviruses from re-establishing themselves. The dramatic decrease in new cases in northern Nigeria in 2010 has had secondary benefits for Niger, as exposure to imported viruses has decreased. Nevertheless, cases have been reported in 2010. Niger will continue to be at particular risk of re-infection until all indigenous wild poliovirus transmission has been interrupted in Nigeria.

  

Polio campaign monitoring

  

Polio this week in West Africa

  • No cases have been reported in West Africa in 2014. The most recent case in the region was due to WPV1 and occurred in Tahoua province, Niger, with onset of paralysis on 15 November 2012. In addition, a single case of cVDPV2 was reported in Niger on 11 July, 2013.
  • Polio staff across West Africa are supporting efforts to control the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. The Ebola outbreak may impact the planned multi-country polio campaigns in September – contingency plans are being currently drawn up.