The Lancet Examines Global Polio Eradication Efforts
The Lancet: And then there were two…polio-endemic countries
“On Sept 25, … WHO announced that Nigeria, which had reported no cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus over the past 12 months, was no longer a polio-endemic country. … The main focus of the eradication effort is now on the two remaining polio-endemic countries in the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ridding them of the poliovirus will put the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region on the same footing as Africa and bring global eradication within reach…” (Maurice, 10/17).