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Status: endemic

Most of Pakistan is polio-free. The country has never interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus. Transmission is intense in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and periodically spreads to other parts of the country and internationally. 


National polio eradication web site

Government of Pakistan's National Emergency Action Plan 2015-2016

WHO’s International Travel and Health recommends that all travellers to polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of OPV or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.

Polio this week Pakistan

  • One new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week, from Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province with onset of paralysis on 23 April. It is the most recent case in the country, and brings the total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 to ten.
  • No new WPV1 environmental positive sample was reported in the past week. The most recent environmental positive sample was collected in Sukkur district of Sindh province on 19 March.
  • Efforts continue to further strengthen surveillance activities in all provinces of the country.
  • National Immunization Days are currently ongoing.

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