Polio this week as of 23 October 2019
Wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been declared as globally eradicated. At an event held on World Polio Day 2019, Professor David Salisbury, chair of the independent Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC), presented the official certificate of WPV3 eradication to WHO Director General Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Read more about this landmark declaration.
Polio eradication efforts do not only involve providing vaccines. For one Abdullahi Mahamed Noor, basketball is his way of bringing people together to raise awareness about the devastating disease. Read about his journey on using the sport to combat polio in Somalia.
Summary of new viruses (AFP cases and ES positives) this week: Afghanistan— two WPV1 cases and six positive environmental samples; Pakistan— four WPV1 cases and six WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria— two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples. Chad— one cVDPV2 case; Benin— one cVDPV2 case; the Democratic Republic of the Congo— one cVDPV2 case; Ghana— one cVDPV2 case and three cVDPV2 positive environmental samples; Ethiopia— one cVDPV2 case: Togo— one cVDPV2 case: Zambia— one cVDPV2 case.