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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Global situation updates

The WHO posts weekly situation updates on the evolution of pandemic (H1N1) around the world.

Polio in Tajikistan: Outbreak response activities continue

As of 21 June, Tajikistan has held four rounds of vaccination activities in response to an outbreak of polio now totalling 239 paralysed children (as of 15 June), and at least one further round is planned. The number of cases reported has started to decline following the mass vaccinations. Neighbouring countries continue to take precautionary measures: Uzbekistan has held two nation-wide campaigns with reportedly high coverage of children; children living in the bordering provinces of Afghanistan have been vaccinated twice since the outbreak was reported in Tajikistan: in Russia, control measures and heightened surveillance are in place.

New publications from WHO Global Alert and Response

The department of Global Alert and Response has released the following new publications:

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Public health measures taken at international borders during early stages of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009: preliminary results

During a global public health event, the potential for disrupting international travel and trade by implementing measures to control the introduction and spread of infectious diseases is high. In the early stages of pandemic (H1N1) 2009, there was heightened concern about international transmission of the disease and public health authorities in many countries took measures to prevent or delay introduction of the virus. Developed in collaboration with the US CDC, the Hamburg Port Health Centre (Germany), the International Civil Aviation Organization and "International transportation Industry Associations": International Shipping Federation - ISF, Cruise Lines International Association - CLIA, Airport Council International and International - ACI, Air Transport Association - IATA; this article presents the preliminary findings of a survey on measures put in place at international points of entry during the first three months of pandemic (H1N1) 2009.