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The total number of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases on the globe has increased to 78 cases with the addition of five cases from Pakistan and Afghanistan during the past week.

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In Afghanistan, one WPV1 case was reported this week from Tirinkot district, Uruzgan province, bringing the total cases to 16 in the country.

Pakistan saw four WPV1 cases this week: one each from Killa Abdullah district, Balochistan province; Lakki Marwat and South Waziristan districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; and, Orangi Town, Karachi district, Sindh province.

There are 62 WPV1 cases reported in 2019.

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In addition, 28 WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported this week in several provinces in Pakistan.

The total WPV1 cases reported in two of the endemic countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) through Sept. 11 is 78. This compares to 33 total cases reported in 2018.

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