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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 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains 14. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 27 July, from South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
  • No new WPV1 environmental positive samples were reported in the past week.
  • Continued detection of environmental positive samples throughout 2016 confirms that virus transmission continues to be geographically widespread across the country, despite strong improvements being achieved.
  • Efforts continue to further strengthen immunization and surveillance activities in all provinces of the country.

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