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Polio this week as of 3 April 2019

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  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) met on 2-4 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other immunization topics, SAGE was provided an update on the latest global epidemiology on polio eradication efforts and an overview of the GPEI Endgame Strategy 2019-2023. In addition, SAGE endorsed the guidelines for surveillance of vaccine-derived polioviruses in persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases.

  • The Pakistan Regional Polio Laboratory is nearing completion with funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency. Read more here.

  • Read about the smart interactive visualization being used for disease surveillance and routine immunization assessments for polio eradication efforts in South Sudan.

  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan— one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case; Pakistan –six WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria— two circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2)-positive environmental isolates. See country sections below for more details.