• Mutated Polio Virus Breaches Vaccine Protection
    Thanks to effective vaccination, polio is considered nearly eradicated. Each year only a few hundred people are stricken worldwide. However, scientists of the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from Gabon, are reporting alarming findings: a mutated virus that was ...More
    6 days ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Statement on the International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    On May 5, 2014 the director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendations to reduce ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • A Polio-Free U.S. Thanks to Vaccine Efforts
    Thanks to effective vaccine, the United States has been polio-free since 1979. But poliovirus is still a threat in some countries. Be part of the success story and get your child vaccinated on schedule. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an infectious viral disease that can strike ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Polio in Equatorial Guinea
    As of July 16, 2014, Equatorial Guinea has reported a total of 5 wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases, with onset of paralysis between 28 January 2014 (first case) and 3 May 2014 (most recent case). Genetic sequencing indicated that the cases are linked to the ongoing ...More
    July 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Polio in Central Africa
    On March 17, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) elevated the risk assessment of international spread of polio from central Africa, particularly Cameroon, to very high. A new exportation event from Equatorial Guinea demonstrates that the risk of international spread ...More
    June 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Guidance to U.S. Clinicians Regarding New WHO Polio Vaccination Requirements
    On May 5, 2014, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) accepted the recommendations of an Emergency Committee declaring the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the authority of the ...More
    June 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Convenes Emergency Committee About International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) was convened by director-general Margaret Chan under the International Health Regulations (2005) April 28-29, 2014 to discuss the international spread of wild polioviruses. Members of the Emergency Committee and ...More
    May 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Reaching Every Child: Polio Program Leaves its Legacy
    Four-year-old Pooja lives with her family in a jhuggi – a makeshift shanty made of corrugated iron – on a construction site on the outskirts of Kolkata, where her father has been working for the past few months. The settlement is crowded with temporary workers ...More
    April 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Polio Confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, Linked to Outbreak in Cameroon
    In Equatorial Guinea, three new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported on 14 April 14, 2014, the first polio in the country since 1999. Genetic sequencing indicates these cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon which has subsequently been ...More
    April 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
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