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Egypt - Minister of Health denies any polio cases - vaccination campaign to begin in February

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  • Egypt - Minister of Health denies any polio cases - vaccination campaign to begin in February

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    Minister of Health: Polio sample belonging to the arrivals from Asia
    23-01-2013 - 11:21 AM

    Denied Dr. "Mustafa Hamid," The Minister of Health and Population and no new cases of polio since 2006 until now.
    He explained, "Hamid" in a special statement on Wednesday, that the rumors in the media about a resurgence of the disease is not unfounded, pointing out that the discovery of samples positive for polio in one of the areas sewage routine procedure each month.
    The Minister of Health that the sample was analyzed, which were discovered Infectious Diseases Research Center, United States of America, and show that they belong and arrivals from Southeast Asia.
    He explained, "Hamid" the ministry begins its vaccination campaign against polio doses exceptional for the age group less than five years, in the area of ​​Nomadic peace Balqlliopip starting from the second half of next February.
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    WHO statement: No human case of paralytic polio has been reported in Egypt after some environmental samples test positive

    11 FEBRUARY 2013 - In Egypt, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was isolated from sewage samples collected on 2 and 6 December 2012 in two areas of greater Cairo. Virus has been detected in sewage only; no case of paralytic polio has been reported. Genetic sequencing shows that the virus strains are closely related to virus from northern Sindh, Pakistan. Pakistan is one of three countries worldwide affected by ongoing indigenous transmission of WPV (together with Nigeria and Afghanistan). The isolates were detected through routine environmental surveillance in Egypt that involves regular testing of sewage water from multiple sites.

    Following detection of these isolates, the Government of Egypt is implementing a comprehensive response in line with international outbreak response guidelines issued by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Resolution WHA59.1. On 2-6 February, supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) were conducted in the two areas of Cairo from where the environmental samples had been collected, reaching more than 155,000 children with trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV). In early March, SIAs are planned across Cairo to reach three million children with monovalent OPV type 1, to be followed in April by nationwide SIAs targeting 12 million children with trivalent OPV. A joint national and international team of epidemiologists and public health experts is assisting in the investigations, helping plan response activities and supporting active searches for any potential cases of paralytic polio.

    This event confirms ongoing international spread of a pathogen (WPV) slated for eradication. In May 2012, the completion of polio eradication was declared a programmatic emergency for global public health by the WHA in Resolution WHA65.5. Based on the history of previous importations to Egypt and the ongoing response, the World Health Organization (WHO) assesses the risk of further international spread of these virus strains from Egypt as moderate; and, of further international spread of WPV from Pakistan as high. In 2011, WPV from Pakistan spread internationally to China, causing an outbreak in the country’s western Xinjiang province, resulting in 21 cases.,,