Status: affected by wild poliovirus type 1 and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2

Pakistan is affected by ongoing endemic wild poliovirus transmission and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is focusing on reaching every last child in Pakistan with vaccines, strengthening surveillance and maintaining political commitment, financial resources and technical support at all levels.

Polio this week in Pakistan

  • No new wild poliovirus type 1 case was reported this week. The number of 2022 cases remains 14. In 2021, the number of WVP1 cases was one and the number of cVDPV2 cases was eight.
  • Seven WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two in Punjab and one in Islamabad.

International Health Regulations

Pakistan is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with WPV1 and cVDPV2 with potential risk of international spread, with potential risk of international spread.  It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of 15 June 2022.

Travel Recommendations

WHO’s International Travel and Health recommends that all travellers to polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of OPV or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.

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