An Independent Outbreak Response Assessment in Equatorial Guinea took place last week with over a year since the most recent case of polio on the 3 May 2014. They concluded that there is no evidence that wild poliovirus continues to circulate in the country and that there has been a significant improvement in surveillance. Strengthening routine immunization was identified as the highest priority for sustaining the gains of the outbreak response.
Expert groups in polio-infected areas are actively evaluating progress. Last week, the Technical Advisory Group for Afghanistan and Pakistan met to review the latest epidemiology, while this week an international outbreak assessment team is evaluating the situation in the Horn of Africa. Similar expert bodies will convene in other infected areas/countries over the coming months.