Project title ”Environmental Surveillance in Georgia in 2014”,WHO; Project duration: 10.04.2014 – 31.12.2014.
a).Project goal:This is supplementary activity to Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance to sustain polio free status for Georgia.
b).Project Implementation: Carrying out polio environmental surveillance by sewage sampling in various regions of Georgia with possible high-risk communities and laboratory investigation to detect and identify polioviruses.
c). Expected results: Antigenic and genetic characteristics of isolated polio viruses can be important for WHO further recommendations . Determine the origin of the poliovirus and other enteroviruses will provide opportunities to determine patterns of spread and circulation and in case of outbreaks, may help to determine the possible source of the virus. Also this investigation allow to accept that country of Georgia remains a wild polio free.