On World Polio Day, CDC Says World Close To Elimination But More Effort Needed; U.N. Begins Immunization Campaign In Iraq

CIDRAP News: CDC: Polio eradication within sight but efforts still needed
“…[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked [World Polio Day] by hosting a teleconference on the current state of global polio eradication. Despite polio being ‘on the brink’ of eradication, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said new cases of the disease in Nigeria illustrate the need to heighten surveillance as the public health world nears the finish line on polio…” (Soucheray, 10/24).

TIME: Here’s Some Promising News on World Polio Day
“…For the health care community and policymakers worldwide, the hope is always that any one year’s World Polio Day will be the last World Polio Day, and the goal is coming tantalizingly close. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries and crippled or killed 350,000 children each year. In 2016 so far, there have been just 27 cases, and the disease has been confined to three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria…” (Kluger, 10/24).

U.N. News Centre: On World Polio Day, U.N. kicks off weeklong campaign to immunize 5.8 million Iraqi children
“Two United Nations agencies will support the Iraqi Ministry of Health in marking World Polio Day by launching a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against the infectious viral disease…” (10/24).