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Published On: Fri, Jun 20th, 2014

Pakistan, Afghanistan account for nine new polio cases in past week

New cases of wild poliovirus 1 (WPV-1) in two of the world’s endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has put the total polio cases for the year over the century mark during the past week, according to data from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative released this week.

In Afghanistan, two new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week from previously uninfected areas including a case from Achin district, Nangarhar province, with onset of paralysis on 15 May, and a case from Dehrawud, Uruzgan province, with onset of paralysis on 20 May, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases in Afghanistan for 2014 to six.

Pakistan reported seven new WPV1 cases in the past week from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas – FATA including five cases from North Waziristan and two cases from Khyber agency. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 4 June from Khyber agency. The total number of WPV1 cases reported from Pakistan for 2014 is 82.

Globally, there has been 103 polio cases reported with the bulk being from the endemic countries. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Image/ United States Agency for International Development

Image/ United States Agency for International Development

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