Polio Eradication Initiative

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus confirmed in Syria

Picture_Fifth_National_Immunization_Days_Vaccinate_More_Than_2_91_Million_Children_Across_Syria11 June 2017 – A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in the Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic.  The virus strain was isolated from two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), with onset of paralysis on 5 March and 6 May, as well as from a healthy child in the same community.

Outbreak response plans are being finalized, in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols, including plans for targeted vaccination campaigns to rapidly raise population immunity.  An initial risk analysis has been conducted, finding low overall population immunity levels in the area but solid levels of disease surveillance. Active searches are being conducted for additional cases of acute flaccid paralysis.   Surveillance and immunization activities are also being strengthened in neighbouring countries.

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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2016–2017




Afghanistan 13 13
Pakistan 20 20
Total 2016 33 33
2017 (up to 20 August 2017)
Afghanistan 6 6




Total 2017



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