Nigeria has reported it’s sixth wild poliovirus -1 (WPV 1) case of the year in Kano State, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday.
This most recent case, which had onset of paralysis in Sumaila Local Government Area (LGA), southern Kano, on 24 July, is the second to be reported in the LGA this year. Nigeria’s total case count for 2014 is now six. Kano is the only state with cases of WPV since April.
Experts say this indicates there are pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns.
In addition, the GPEI reports one new case of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) was reported in the past week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases for 2014 is 19. The most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis on 22 June, also in Kano.
Another polio endemic country, Pakistan, reported two new WPV1 cases in the past week. One case was from Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and one from Karachi in Sindh, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2014 to 117.
The total number of polio cases reported in 2014 is 149 in nine countries. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page