RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Pakistan polio snapshot – May 2019 July 19, 2019
    In May  9 new cases of wild poliovirus cases were reported in May 2019. 1.07 million children were vaccinated during the May Case Response Campaigns. 1.4 million children were vaccinated at 408 Permanent Transit Points.
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – June 2019 July 19, 2019
    In June 2 case of wild poliovirus was reported. 1.4 million children were vaccinated. Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) vaccinated 1 276 209 children, and cross-border teams vaccinated 131 897 children against polio.
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Democratic Republic of Congo and central Africa July 15, 2019
    In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), genetically-linked cVDPV2 was isolated from two separate AFP cases, with onset of paralysis on 21 April and 6 May, from Sankuru province.  These linked viruses have 6 and 8 nucleotide changes from Sabin 2, which is their closest match, and are not related to other cVDPV2s circulating […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Nigeria, Lake Chad and West Africa July 15, 2019
    In Nigeria and the Lake Chad subregion, a cVDPV2 outbreak originating in Jigawa state, Nigeria, continues to spread.  In Cameroon and Ghana, cVDPV2 was detected from environmental samples collected on 20 April 2019 and 11 June 2019, respectively.  The virus was detected in environmental samples only – no associated cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Horn of Africa July 15, 2019
    A cVDPV2 outbreak in the Horn of Africa has been detected in Somali province, Ethiopia.  The virus was isolated from an AFP case with onset of paralysis on 20 May 2019.  Genetic sequencing confirms that the isolated virus is linked to an ongoing cVDPV2 outbreak detected in the Horn of Africa in 2018, with cases […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Outbreak Areas July 15, 2019
    Outbreak countries are those that have stopped indigenous wild poliovirus but are experiencing re-infection either through the importation of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus from another country, or the emergence and circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus. To stop these outbreaks, it is necessary to fully implement international outbreak response guidelines. Endemic countries, which have never stopped the […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • China July 12, 2019
    A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in China. It is genetically linked to a VDPV2 isolated from an environmental sample from Xinjiang province, collected on 18 April 2018.  WHO is continuing to evaluate the situation and stands ready to support the ongoing investigation and risk assessment by national authorities. WHO advice […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Africa and polio eradication – an ‘unfinished’ success story July 11, 2019
    An eye on regional certification of wild poliovirus eradication Africa has not detected any wild poliovirus from any source since September 2016, from north-eastern Nigeria.  And although surveillance gaps in some parts of that area remain, surveillance (and immunity levels) is significantly stronger today than it was in 2016, when the surveillance system did succeed […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Eye on Africa – the road to certification July 11, 2019
    Africa has not detected any wild poliovirus from any source since September 2016, from north-eastern Nigeria.  And although surveillance gaps in some parts of that area remain, surveillance (and immunity levels) is significantly stronger today than it was in 2016, when the surveillance system did succeed in detecting the virus. Read More…
    Gladys Kibui
  • Sink or swim—paddling against polio July 10, 2019
    “Our area is a pretty difficult terrain because we live in the water and it is not easy for the teams coming from outside the community to gain access. So, the (hand-drawn) maps make it possible for us to identify areas we have yet to reach during the immunization exercise”, says Peter Idowu, a veteran […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Partnering for Polio July 3, 2019
    Gladys Kibui
  • Hard-to-reach areas and long commutes? Challenge accepted July 3, 2019
    Gladys Kibui
  • G20 leaders “reaffirm commitment to eradicate polio” July 3, 2019
    In Osaka, Japan, G20 Leaders met on 28-29 June 2019, and discussed major challenges facing the world and the importance of eradicating polio. The G20 declaration states, “We reaffirm our commitment to eradicate polio as well as to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and look forward to the success of the sixth […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – May 2019 July 1, 2019
    In May: 1 case of wild poliovirus was reported. 1 million children were vaccinated. Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) vaccinated 971 281 children, and cross-border teams vaccinated 72 614 children against polio.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Continuing innovation to reach every last child June 27, 2019
    Exciting research is underway on a novel oral polio vaccine for type 2 polio (nOPV2), which – if further trials are successful – could be a potential new tool to provide the same level of protection against poliovirus as the current oral polio vaccine (OPV), but without the same risk of mutating into vaccine-derived poliovirus […]
    Gladys Kibui