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New Polio Cases Confirmed in 6 Countries

August 29, 2020 • 6:05 am CDT

Six countries reported new polio cases to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as of August 26, 2020. All of these cases involved circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2):

  • Afghanistan: two cVDPV2 cases and six cVDPV2 positive environmental samples
  • Benin: one cVDPV2 case
  • Chad: one cVDPV2 case
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: two cVDPV2 cases
  • Somalia: one cVDPV2 case
  • Sudan: 11 cVDPV2 cases

Since 2000, the inactivated polio vaccine is the only polio vaccine given in the USA.