Pakistan

Status: affected by Wild Poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)

Pakistan is affected by ongoing endemic wild poliovirus transmission.

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 WPV1 cases were reported this week. There are eight cases reported this year. The number of 2023 cases remain six.
  • Three WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported; one from Balochistan and two from Sindh.

International Health Regulations

Pakistan is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with WPV1 with potential risk of international spread, with potential risk of international spread.  It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of March 2024.

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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