In 2021, the number of wild poliovirus-1 (WPV1) cases reported was only five (4 in Afghanistan and one in Pakistan), the lowest levels in history.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) did report the first WPV1 case of the year in Paktika, Afghanistan this week.
This drop in WPV1 presents a unique epidemiological window of opportunity to eradicate wild poliovirus once and for all, according to the World Health Organization.
The Fourth Meeting of the Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks took place this week where they addressed stopping wild poliovirus transmission in Afghanistan and Pakistan–Read HERE.
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