Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – September 2017

Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for September 2017

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

In September:

  • No new cases wild of poliovirus were reported.
  • Two new WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in Kandahar province.
  • National vaccination campaigns were carried out across all 34 provinces, aimed at reaching over 9.9 million children under 5 with oral polio vaccine OPV.
  • Permanent transit teams successfully vaccinated 1,131,231 children against polio, and cross-border teams vaccinated 101,784 children.

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