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World Health Organization Wild Polio Virus Update Week ending February 4

Headlines:

There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral

polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world.

The WHO Executive Board met last week, recognizing progress made in 2015 and renewing their

commitment to polio eradication.

For the first time in history, Africa has had 4-months without any wild or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases, nor any environmental positive samples.

Afghanistan No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week.

The most recent case had onset of paralysis in Kunar on 19 November. The total number of WPV1

cases for 2015 remains 19, compared to 28 reported in the country in 2014.

Pakistan: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week,

with onset of paralysis on 31 December in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 is now 54, compared to 305 reported for 2014 by this time last year. A total of 306 cases reported onset in Pakistan in 2014.

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This Is How Nigeria Beat Polio

A quarter-century campaign brings the world tantalizingly close to eradicating a disease

TIME

It’s easy not to notice a negative. A house burns down on your block and it’s all you can talk about. But a house doesn’t burn down? Where’s the news?

Still, absence can be the stuff of headlines, and that fact has rarely been truer than it is in Nigeria today—where health officials are celebrating a full year without a single case of polio. A polio-free Nigeria means a polio-free Africa, since it was the only country left of the 47 on the continent where the crippling disease was still endemic. The virus, which as recently as 1988 was endemic in 128 countries, crippling 350,000 children per year, has now been cornered in just two places—Afghanistan and Pakistan, and it’s barely hanging on there. Wipe polio out in those last two redoubts and it will become only the second disease in history—after smallpox—to have been vaccinated out of existence.

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