International spread of wild poliovirus continues to be of international concern, risk to Europe unchanged
The conclusions of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus, do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe.
WHO Statement on the 8th IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of poliovirus
The ECDC risk assessment for Europe, regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus, have not been altered by the conclusions of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee
WHO statement: 12th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations Emergency (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus
The conclusions of the IHR Emergency Committee do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe.
Epidemiological update: Polio virus in sewage and human faecal samples in Israel, August 2013
In May 2013, Israel announced the detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in the south of the country (1). As reported until mid-August, during the routine monitoring of sewage samples the virus had been found in 67 sewage samples from 24 sampling sites since February 2013.
Epidemiological update: Polio in Israel, 14 October 2013
As of 3 October, wild-type poliovirus 1 (WPV1) was still being isolated in wastewater treatment plants across the country with some areas indicating an inconsistent or discontinued detection. However, no new sites in Israel with WPV1 in sewage were detected since the start of the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) immunisation campaign, according to personal communication from the Ministry of Health in Israel.
Epidemiological update: Suspected polio cases in Syria confirmed by WHO, 30 October 2013
Ten of the 22 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic suspected of being caused by wild poliovirus have been confirmed as wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Update on the global polio situation and implications for the EU/EEA
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one EU/EEA country (Romania) and two neighbouring countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine) remain at high risk of a sustained polio outbreak partly due to insufficient vaccination coverage.