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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

  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type one (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The most recent case was reported in South Waziristan district of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), with onset of paralysis on 18 June. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains 13 compared to 29 at this time in 2015.


  • Two new WPV1 environmental positive sample were reported in the past week, both in Balochistan province in Quetta district, collected on the 20 July and 1 August respectively.


  • Efforts continue to further strengthen immunization and surveillance activities in all provinces of the country

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