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  • 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
  • Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus is Confirmed in Ukraine
    In Ukraine, two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis on June 30 and July 7, 2015. Both are from the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in south-western Ukraine, bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and ...More
    September 2, 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
  • 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
  • Lighting Up a New Path for Novel Synthetic Polio Vaccine
    Scientists from the UK and U.S. are using technology that helped in the design of a new synthetic vaccine to combat the foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) to now target the virus that causes polio. The synthetic vaccine that is currently being engineered in collaboration ...More
    February 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Separate Circulating Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses Confirmed in South Sudan and Madagascar
    In separate and unrelated events, circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPVs) have been confirmed in South Sudan and Madagascar, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In South Sudan, two cases due to cVDPV type 2 (cVDPV2) have been confirmed. The strains ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Two New Cases of Poliovirus in Cameroon are Reported
    In Cameroon, two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported from the East Region, with onset of paralysis on June 26, 2014 and July 9, 2014. Genetic sequencing of these latest isolated viruses confirms continued wild poliovirus circulation, gaps in surveillance ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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
    August 21, 2014 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
    August 11, 2014 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
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