Epidemiological Update Poliomyelitis in the Region of the Americas - 23 March 2023

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The global and regional epidemiological situation summary of poliovirus circulation is presented in this epidemiological update, as well as information on a confirmed vaccine derived poliovirus case recently reported by Peru. The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reiterates to Member States the importance of achieving and maintaining polio vaccination coverage greater than 95% in each district or municipality to minimize the risk of a poliomyelitis outbreak, strengthen epidemiological surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and update national poliovirus outbreak preparedness and response plans to detect and  respond promptly and timely to an importation of wild poliovirus or vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV), or the emergence of a VDPV in any country of the Region.