Surveillance of Poliovirus Circulation Among Refugees in Italy, 2008–2011


Silvio Tafuri, MD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro,” Piazza G. Cesare 11, I-70124 Bari, Italy. E-mail:


The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of wild poliovirus or sabin-like poliovirus in 152 stool samples from migrants in the Accommodation Center in Italy and liquid waste from the sewage systems. Two surveys were performed in 2008 and 2011. All stool samples were negative for enterovirus and poliovirus. One of the liquid samples analyzed was positive for Coxsackievirus type B5.