WHO Epidemiological Brief 8: polio outbreak in the European Region and country responses



As of 30 September, Tajikistan had reported 458 laboratory-confirmed cases of wild poliovirus type 1, including 26 deaths. The last confirmed case had a date of onset of 4 July. Since the beginning of the year, the Russian Federation had reported 12 poliomyelitis (polio) cases and Turkmenistan, 3 cases.

Four rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) have taken place in Tajikistan and three rounds in Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan held its second round of national immunization days (NIDs) on 23–27 August. Turkmenistan’s third round of NIDs took place on 20–29 September. Coverage was extremely high in all rounds in all countries.