Wild poliovirus in the Horn of Africa – Polio case in Kenya


The WHO has issued an update on the polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa. The outbreak is caused by wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1).

A four-month-old girl near Dadaab, Kenya, developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) on 30 April 2013. Two healthy contacts of the child tested positive for WPV1. They are the first laboratory confirmed cases in Kenya since July 2011. Investigation into this outbreak is ongoing. In addition, a case of WPV1 in Banadir, Somalia was confirmed on 9 May 2013.

Further information on the outbreak is available from WHO Global Alert and Response (GAR).