Wild Polio Virus is Eradicated in Africa
Polio continues to be transmitted in just two countries in the world: Pakistan and Afghanistan. https://t.co/WAtDBlZW09— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) August 27, 2020
In just a few hours, #Africa will celebrate a major achievement – the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for #Polio Eradication will officially declare the Region as wildpolio free.👏🏿#RC70AFRO #EndPolio pic.twitter.com/gmPJsPRuYO— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) August 25, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: The Independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) announced on Tuesday that wild poliovirus has been eradicated from the 47 countries that make up WHO’s Africa region. Africa had its last case of polio in Nigeria four years ago.
The fight against polio is not totally finished since in some low-immunity populations the strain of the common oral vaccine can spread and mutate and strengthen into the paralysis-causing strain. Small outbreaks of the vaccine-derived poliovirus are occurring in 16 countries and the current COVID-19 pandemic has limited vaccination efforts in these regions. Strife between waring factions, such as the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern state of Borno in Nigeria had placed healthcare workers in danger, with some being killed, have hampered the vaccination efforts.
In 1996, 75,000 children were being paralyzed on the continent of Africa each year. After reaching a peak in 1953, the United States has been polio free since 1979 due to vaccinations. Currently wild polio virus is still in Pakistan and Afghanistan….Carol