Southern Afghanistan Goes A Full Year Without New Polio Cases

Officials still concerned about polio in eastern province

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No new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in southern Afghanistan in the last year, UNICEF said Tuesday, marking a crucial milestone in the country’s battle against the debilitating disease.

Afghanistan is one of the three remaining countries (along with Pakistan and Nigeria) where polio is still endemic. Of the 334 worldwide cases reported this year by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, only nine have been in Afghanistan’s Eastern Region along the Pakistani border. That figure is one-third the total from 2012.

But health officials are still concerned about the polio outbreak confirmed last month in Deir al-Zour, Syria, which had been declared polio-free in 1999, but where effects of the ongoing civil war have made it easier for the highly contagious virus to spread. In response, the United Nations announced its largest immunization response ever in the Middle East by targeting 20 million children in seven countries and territories.

2 comments
HabibUrRahman
HabibUrRahman

We share one world, and the world has shrunk indeed. Existence of poliovirus in a few countries puts the entire world at risk of polio resurgence. It is not just a matter of vaccine supply and its administration to young children, it is about winning the hearts and minds of those who have been left behind in the march of civilization. Of all diseases afflicting mankind, perhaps ignorance and hatred are the most deadly and most difficult to cure. 

Duffman
Duffman

But Jenny McCarthy says vaccines are bad & I think blonde bimbos have all the anwsers.