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Event: EP Epidemic
Number: 2023-000265
Country: ZWE Zimbabwe
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Date (YMD): 2023-10-31
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Information Source:UNICEF
Comments: Zimbabwe detected seventeen (17) circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) from environmental samples in Harare since October 2023. The samples were from four polio environmental surveillance sites in Harare. Polio outbreak was declared a public health emergency (PHE) by the Minister of Health and Child Care in October 2023. An index human cVDPV2 was reported in a 10-year-old female AFP case in January 2024. Two newly confirmed AFP cases (samples from contacts) have been reported this week (cumulative 23) with a NPAFP rate at 1.3 per cent children over 15 years. A total of 10,517,500 doses of nOPV2 were received on 29 January 2024 for the planned two supplementary immunization activities (SIAs). Expiry date 14/08/2025. A joint press release on Round 1 national nOPV2 polio SIA done by the Honorable Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) with UNICEF, WHO and Partners on 16 Feb 2024.
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