Five wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week–two in Afghanistan and three in Pakistan, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
In Afghanistan, the two cases were reported from Tirinkot district, Uruzgan province, bringing the country total to 10 year-to-date.
Pakistan saw three cases- one each from Lakki Marwat, Torghar and Bannu districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 27 WPV1 cases have been reported in Pakistan this year.
The 37 cases reported during the first half of the year is more than the number reported in all of 2018 (33).
In addition to the WPV1 cases reported this past week, a number of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus were also seen–Nigeria— one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) case; DRC— four cVDPV2 cases; Ethiopia— three cVDPV2 isolated from healthy community contacts.
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