Madagascar Reports 8 cVDPV1 Cases

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative website has revealed that this year there has been a sharp rise in the number of cVDPV associated cases, which have been traced back to another case which was registered in September 2014. This indicates that there is long-standing and widespread circulation of the cVDPV in the country. This is a somewhat discomfiting conclusion and points to the need to establish the introduction of Inactivated Polio Vaccine in countries that have been able to eradicate the disease. Considering that India has also been polio free and has achieved eradication status, this spate of cases could be a wake up call to the nation to initiate the process of introducing and incorporating Inactivated Polio Vaccine within the ambit of the universal immunization program.

Meanwhile, coming to the endemic countries, in an encouraging trend, Nigeria has been free from reported polio cases for a while now; however, cases continue to be reported from Pakistan and Afghanistan, though there has been a significant reduction in the number of cases reported from Pakistan this year.


Year-to-date 2015

Year-to-date 2014

Total in

Onset of paralysis of  most  
recent case









Pakistan 28 0 94 16 306 22 30-Jun-15 13-Dec-14
Afghanistan 5 0 8 0 28 0 07-Jun-15 N/A
Nigeria 0 1 5 13 6 30 24-Jul-14 16-May-15
Somalia 0 0 4 0 5 0 11-Aug-14 N/A
Equatorial Guinea 0 0 4 0 5 0 03-May-14 N/A
Iraq 0 0 2 0 2 0 07-Apr-14 N/A
Cameroon 0 0 3 0 5 0 09-Jul-14 N/A
Syrian Arab Republic 0 0 1 0 1 0 21-Jan-14 N/A
Ethiopia 0 0 1 0 1 0 05-Jan-14 N/A
South Sudan 0 0 0 0 0 2 N/A 12-Sep-14
Madagascar 0 8 0 0 0 1 N/A 29-May-15

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Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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