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  • Creating Safer Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era
    While the goal of polio virus eradication is in sight, there are concerns about post-eradication manufacturing and stockpiling vaccine stores containing live virus that could escape and repopulate the environment. A study published Dec. 31 in PLOS Pathogens reports the ...More
    January 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • A Polio-Free World is Within Our Grasp, but WHO Says There is Still Much to Be Done
    Over the course of the last year, important progress has been made toward polio eradication. World Polio Day on October 24 is an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come – and to prepare for the year ahead. The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing its ...More
    October 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccination Teams Work to Keep Iraq Polio Free and Combat the Spread of Cholera
    A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio was concluded on Oct. 11, 2015 after a two-day extension recommended by the Ministry of Health to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. This effort to ensure that Iraq remains polio free also ...More
    October 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Islamist Insurgency Strongly Influences Where Polio Occurs
    Islamist insurgency has had a strong effect on where polio cases occur since 2011, potentially as a reaction to the use of counterinsurgency strategies, according to new research led by UCL. In research published today in the open access journal Globalization and Health, ...More
    October 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • IHR Emergency Committee Meets on International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on Aug. 4, 2015. Afghanistan ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Africa Advances Toward a Polio-Free Continent
    In the Horn of Africa, no wild polio cases have been reported since the last case in central Somalia on Aug. 11, 2014. Although it is not yet an official milestone on the path to polio-free certification, today marks one year since the last wild polio case was detected on ...More
    August 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • How to Wipe Out Polio and Prevent Its Re-Emergence
    Public health officials stand poised to eliminate polio from the planet. But a new study shows that the job won't be over when the last case of the horrible paralytic disease is recorded. Using disease-transmission models, University of Michigan graduate research fellow ...More
    June 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Duke's Poliovirus Study Finds That Less is More
    A modified poliovirus therapy that is showing promising results for patients with glioblastoma brain tumors works best at a low dosage, according to the research team at Duke's Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center where the investigational therapy is being pioneered. The ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Paper Highlights Final Steps to Polio Eradication
    April 12, 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jonas Salk's landmark polio vaccine trial results, which confirmed that the first vaccine against polio was safe and effective. A new review, which was published online ahead of print in Future Microbiology, ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Polio Vaccination with Microneedle Patches Receives Funding for Patch Development, Clinical Trial
    The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization. The patches will be studied to evaluate ...More
    February 25, 2015 Posted in News
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