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Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013

Cameroon polio cases up to four, Kenya declares polio a public health emergency

The West Central African country of Cameroon has reported two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV-1) cases during the past week, bringing the total number of cases to four, according to the latest data from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

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The first case of WPV-1 in Cameroon was reported in mid to late October this year, the first case in the country since 2009.

On the Horn of Africa, despite no new cases reported in the three countries involved in the outbreak, the Kenyan government declared polio a public health emergency on 22 November and directed the Ministry of Health to fast-track the immunization activities and to ensure the entire country is covered.

The current case count in the Horn of Africa polio outbreak remains unchanged at 203 cases (183 from Somalia, 14 from Kenya and six from Ethiopia).

Of the three remaining polio endemic countries, only Pakistan reported a new case during the past week. According to the GPEI, one new WPV1 case was reported in the past week from FR Bannu, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The total number of WPV1 cases for Pakistan in 2013 is now 64.

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