Polio Eradication Update

Polio Eradication Update
18.WPV (Wild Poliovirus Cases) as at Dec.11th 2013

                             YTD 2013        YTD 2012        Total 2012

Globally                359                  213                  223

Endemic               135                  208                  217

Non-Endemic       224                  5                      6

Pakistan               74                                            56

Afghanistan          11                                            34

Nigeria                  50                                            118

Somalia                183                                           0

Kenya                   14                                             0

Ethiopia                 6                                              0

Syria                      17                                             0
4                                               0 

The Good,The Bad and the Ugly
The Good:
Incidence of polio cases in the endemic countries is down almost 40% year after year.  There have been no reported cases of polio in the Horn of Africa since October 8, 2013.  Seven countries and territories are holding mass polio vaccination campaigns repeatedly targeting 22 million children under the age of five years over the next 6 – 8 months.  In a joint resolution all countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have declared polio eradication to be an emergency, calling for support in negotiating and establishing access to those children who are currently unreached with polio vaccinations.Keep Calm
The Bad:
North Waziristan is the area with the largest number of children being paralyzed by the polio virus in Pakistan. Immunization activities have been suspended by local leaders since June 2012. It is critical that children in all areas are vaccinated and protected from the polio virus. Immunizations in neighboring high risk areas are being intensified to further boost population immunity levels in those areas and prevent further spread of this outbreak.
The Ugly:
There have been 224 cases of the polio virus surfacing in 5 additional non-endemic countries which had reported no cases of polio in 2012.

One thought on “Polio Eradication Update

  • Did this go to all Rotarians in District 5550??

    Ed Thompson, DG 5550

    On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM, WordPress.com

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