Polio


  • WHO Southeast Asia Region is Certified as Polio-Free
    The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Southeast Asia Region, home to one-quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free today by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. This is the fourth of six WHO Regions to be certified, marking ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Polio Outbreak in the Middle East
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio outbreak response in the Middle East is continuing to attempt to stop an outbreak affecting the region. As of March 20, 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic a total of 37 WPV1 cases have been reported: 25 cases ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Found in Five California Children
    Researchers have identified a polio-like syndrome in a cluster of children from California over a one-year period, according to a case report released Feb. 23 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May ...More
    February 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Polio is No Longer Endemic in India
    Wild poliovirus has not been found in India since Jan. 13, 2011 meaning that, from that date, India is no longer a country where polio is endemic. Three years of being polio free is a notable milestone for the country as a whole, but the success of the immunization and ...More
    January 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Says Conflict in Syrian Arab Republic Hampers Polio Vaccination Efforts
    The push to immunize all children against polio has been hampered by the ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO and UNICEF have appealed to all parties to cooperate, including through temporary pauses in hostilities ...More
    December 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Update on Polio Cases in the Syrian Arab Republic
    Following reports of a cluster of 22 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases on Oct. 17, 2013 in the Syrian Arab Republic, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated from 10 of the cases under investigation. Final genetic sequencing results are pending to determine the ...More
    October 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Receives Report of Suspected Polio Cases in the Syrian Arab Republic
    On Oct, 17, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic. This cluster of ‘hot’ AFP was detected in early October 2013 in Deir Al Zour province and is currently being investigated. ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO is Monitoring Risk of Potential Spread of Poliovirus from Israel
    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the risk of further international spread of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from Israel to remain moderate to high. This risk assessment reflects evidence of increasing geographic extent of circulation over a prolonged period of ...More
    August 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Poliovirus Detected from Environmental Samples in Israel
    Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated in 30 sewage samples from 10 sampling sites in Israel. The samples were collected from Feb. 3, 2013 to June 30, 2013. Most positive WPV1 samples were detected from southern Israel. All viruses have been detected in sewage ...More
    July 16, 2013 Posted in News
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