Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – October 2017

Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for October 2017

 

The Afghanistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Afghanistan.

In October:

  • Two new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) were reported, one in Nangarhar, and one in Kandahar provinces.
  • Nine new WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in Kandahar, Nangarhar and Helmand provinces.
  • Over 202,000 children under the age of 5 were vaccinated in two different case response campaigns.
  • Permanent transit teams successfully vaccinated 1,177,616 children against polio, whilst cross-border teams vaccinated 125,326 children.

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