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Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Immunization, Surveillance Efforts

Washington Post: We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio — and yet there’s Syria Editorial Board “…The numbers [of polio cases] are so low today that eradication may indeed be within reach, if there is not another setback in the remaining endemic countries. For this, immunization and surveillance must be…

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CDC MMWR Summarizes Polio Type 2 Containment Efforts Globally

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Progress Toward Containment of Poliovirus Type 2 — Worldwide, 2017 In a recently released MMWR report, Nicoletta Previsani of the WHO and colleagues from the WHO and CDC summarize “the progress toward implementation of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for containment (GAPIII),…

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Conflict, Humanitarian Crises Fuel Cholera, Polio Outbreaks In Yemen, Syria

Washington Post: How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East “As war ravages public health systems in Yemen and Syria, doctors are treating epidemics and diseases they once thought were things of the past. In Yemen, it is cholera, a bacterial disease spreading so fast, [more than]…

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WHO Confirms 15 New Polio Cases In Syria; Immunization Efforts Planned For Next Month

Reuters: WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria “Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in…

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FT Health Discusses Polio Eradication Efforts, Features Interview With Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Financial Times: FT Health: Beware donor disillusionment The latest issue of the Financial Times’ weekly global health newsletter discusses polio eradication efforts and features an interview with Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The newsletter also provides a roundup of other global health-related news stories and…

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WHO Confirms 2 Polio Outbreaks In DR Congo, Increasing Risk Of Disease’s Spread Within Country

CNN: Risk of polio spread spikes in DRC after 2 outbreaks, WHO says “Two separate outbreaks of polio have been reported in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a setback for large-scale efforts to eradicate the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. There is a high risk of…

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Trucks Prepared To Take Polio Vaccines Into IS-Held Areas Of Syrian Governorate Following WHO-Confirmed Cases, U.N. Adviser Says

Associated Press: U.N.: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for IS-held Syria “A U.N. humanitarian aid adviser for Syria says trucks are being prepared to ship polio vaccine into Islamic State group-held areas of Deir el-Zour governorate following confirmation of a ‘very dangerous’ outbreak of the virus. Jan Egeland made…

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Bill Gates Highlights Progress Toward, Challenges Of Eradicating Polio In Remarks At Rotary International Convention

Gates Notes: 16 Million Reasons To Be Optimistic About Polio Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights a speech he recently delivered at the Rotary International Convention, in which he discusses progress made toward and challenges of eradicating polio and highlights Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate…

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Gavi Extends Support For Inactivated Polio Vaccine To 2020 In Up To 70 LMICs

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Gavi to help protect millions more children against polio “Support for the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be extended to 2020 in up to 70 low- and middle-income countries, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance announced [Thursday]. The Gavi Board decision will enable routine immunization programs…

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WHO Confirms Vaccine-Derived Polio Cases In DR Congo In 2 Separate Clusters

CIDRAP News: WHO reports 2 polio clusters in the DRC, new details in Syria “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] said two separate circulating vaccine-derived polio clusters have been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it also revealed new details about a similar outbreak in a conflict-ridden…

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