• 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
    5 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
    March 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Poliovirus in Cameroon
    In Cameroon, three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported with onset of paralysis on Jan. 6, Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, 2014 from three new regions (North West, Adamaoua, and Centre) confirming continued WPV transmission and geographic expansion of ...More
    March 17, 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
  • Total of 17 Wild Poliovirus Type 1 Cases Confirmed in the Syrian Arab Republic
    A total of 17 cases due to wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been confirmed in the Syrian Arab Republic. In addition to 15 cases confirmed in Deir Al Zour province, two additional cases have been confirmed, one each in rural Damascus and Aleppo, confirming widespread ...More
    November 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO is Informed of Wild Poliovirus in Cameroon
    Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been confirmed in Cameroon, the first wild poliovirus in the country since 2009. Wild poliovirus was isolated from two acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases from West Region. The patients developed paralysis on Oct. 1, 2013 and Oct. 19, 2013. ...More
    November 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • 13 Cases of Wild Poliovirus Type 1 Confirmed in the Syrian Arab Republic
    Thirteen cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been confirmed in the Syrian Arab Republic. Genetic sequencing indicates that the isolated viruses are most closely linked to virus detected in environmental samples in Egypt in December 2012 (which in turn had been ...More
    November 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Three Cases of Wild Poliovirus in South Sudan are Being Investigated
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says that three suspected cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from South Sudan are currently being investigated. All three patients are girls, two of whom are approximately 2 years old and one is 8 years old. All had previously been ...More
    October 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Continued Risk of Poliovirus Spread in Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip Remains High
    The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the risk of further international spread of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from Israel to be high. The risk assessment reflects evidence of increasing geographic extent of WPV1 circulation in Israel over a prolonged period of ...More
    September 20, 2013 Posted in News
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