Pakistan

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 wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported this week. There is one case reported in 2021. The total number of 2020 cases remains at 84.
  • Two WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported; one each in Balochistan and Sindh.
  • No cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week. There are six cases in 2021. The number of 2020 cases remains at 135.
  • Read the latest polio snapshot from Pakistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.

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 February 2021.

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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