In an effort to totally eradicate polio from Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a real-time innovative mobile surveillance system aimed at strengthening polio surveillance across the continent.
You can't just look at infection numbers and declare victory. You also need to ensure the virus exists only in dedicated labs with obsessively strict safety protocols and purge it from every other scientific and medical facility that might, maybe, harbor particles of the deadly infection. Such labs are numerous.
The unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.
29 cases of wild poliovirus were reported in 2018. There were 101 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV). It was the second successive year in which cases of cVDPV exceeded those of wild poliovirus.
The polio eradication program cannot assume any poliovirus type 2 (PV2) mucosal response with the current polio immunization schedule, according to study results.
Robust environmental monitoring should be used as the world approaches global eradication of polio, say researchers who recently studied the epidemiology of the 2013 silent polio outbreak in Israel.
As confirmed polio cases skip from province to province, many are asking how Papua New Guinea has become one of the few countries to buck the international trend of eradicating polio.
The suboptimal properties of existing polio vaccines are among the major reasons why the program has repeatedly missed eradication deadlines.
At least 205,000 children under the age of five years will receive the polio vaccine in a campaign that has begun in Mandera County.
Live strains of poliovirus that are used in the oral poliovirus vaccine can mutate, spread and, in rare cases, even trigger an outbreak, representing a catch-22 in ongoing polio eradication endeavors.