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Published On: Thu, Sep 19th, 2013

Horn of Africa polio outbreak now at 185 cases, accounts for 70 percent of global polio

The polio outbreak on the Horn of Africa, in three countries that were polio-free, accounts for seven out of 10 of global polio cases this year, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday.

Horn of Africa Public domain image/ Lexicon at the English Wikipedia project

Horn of Africa
Public domain image/ Lexicon at the English Wikipedia project

With seven new wild poliovirus-1 (WPV-1) cases reported in the past week (six from Somalia and one from Kenya), this brings the total number in the current outbreak to 185  (169 from Somalia, 15 from Kenya and one from Ethiopia).

The GPEI also noted that polio cases in the three remaining polio-endemic countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria) are down 40% over the same period last year, indicating progress particularly in Afghanistan and Nigeria.

In 2012, Afghanistan reported 37 cases, so far in 2013, only four cases have been reported. Likewise, in Nigeria, last years total was 122, while so far in 2013, only 47 cases.

In Pakistan, the cases are also down from 2012 when they reported 58. So far this year, they have only reported 28 to date.

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