Syria reports ‘suspected’ polio cases from Deir Al Zour province
The Syrian Arab Republic has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about a suspected cluster of polio cases reported the Deir Al Zour province.
The UN health agency received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in Syria on Oct. 17.
Initial results from the national polio laboratory in Damascus indicate that two of the cases could be positive for polio – final results are awaited from the regional reference laboratory of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO.
The Ministry of Health of the Syrian Arab Republic confirms that it is treating this event as a cluster of ‘hot’ AFP cases, pending final laboratory confirmation, and an urgent response is currently being planned across the country. Syria is considered at high-risk for polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases due to the current situation.
A surveillance alert has been issued for the region to actively search for additional potential cases. Supplementary immunization activities in neighboring countries are currently being planned.
Wild poliovirus was last reported in Syria in 1999.
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