Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2013

Polio confirmed in Syria, ten cases identified

Nearly half of the suspected polio cases in Syria have now been confirmed as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has announced that 10 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been identified.




Earlier it was reported that there were 22 suspected cases in the war-torn country. Most of the cases are very young (below two years of age), and were un- or under-immunized.

Global health officials say final genetic sequencing results are pending to determine the origin of the isolated viruses.

The GPEI notes that even before this laboratory confirmation, health authorities in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighboring countries had begun the planning and implementation of a comprehensive outbreak response.

On 24 October 2013, an already-planned large-scale supplementary immunization activity (SIA) was launched in the Syrian Arab Republic to vaccinate 1.6 million children against polio, measles, mumps and rubella, in both government-controlled and contested areas.

Estimated immunization rates in the Syrian Arab Republic declined from 91 percent in 2010 to 68 percent in 2012.

Given the current situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, frequent population movements across the region and subnational immunity gaps in key areas, the risk of further international spread of wild poliovirus type 1 across the region is considered to be high.

A surveillance alert has been issued for the region to actively search for additional potential cases.

Wild poliovirus had not been detected in the Syrian Arab Republic since 1999.

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  1. Tiffiny Villalon says:

    I think that it is so very failure of the Syria government.

  2. DonitaBlessing says:

    It was so very bad situation in the syria to stop Polio problem found in the child .

  3. jasoromch Campione says:

    I think that Syria Government is raising the step to control the Polio Patient in the country .

  4. Himani Arora says:

    The Syria Government must be consious about control the Policy Patient in the country .

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  6. German researchers warn of polio threat from Syria and Israel, could spread to Europe - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] follows reports of at least 10 people confirmed positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were confirmed last […]

  7. Angelo Goudeau says:

    The Syria government must be taken the step to control the Polio patient in the country .

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