New Polio Cases Reported in Pakistan, Angola, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Malaysia

Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples): 

    • Pakistan: five WPV1 cases, three WPV1 positive environmental samples and 13 cVDPV2 cases
    • Angola: one cVDPV2 case
    • Chad: two cVDPV2 cases
    • Côte d’Ivoire: one cVDPV2 case and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
    • Malaysia: one cVDPV1 case

‘The switch’ was supposed to be a major step toward eradicating polio. Now it’s a quandary

Three years ago, health officials phasied out a problematic component of the polio vaccine used in developing countries, and introduced a version that they hoped would put the world on a better footing to eradicate the disease. Now, some health officials are weighing whether “the switch,” as the process was known, needs to be reversed because they fear the new vaccine heightens the risk of the disease spreading indevelopin nations.