Posted by Terry Ziegler

No new Wild Polio cases reported this week. What is that Polio Eradication Picture? The battle toward Global Polio Eradication Marches On - Today's picture is of a child being vaccinated in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Zero is the Magic Number! The three year Countdown to History starts after the final Wild Polio case. Today, we count One week since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.
Rotary is committed to raise $50 Million (including Rotarian, public, and DDF donations) to be matched by $100 mil from the Gates Foundation - for each of the next two years - for a total of $300 million for the Global Polio Eradication effort.  

Vaccine Derived Polio Cases - Papua New Guinea, Kenya, SYRIA, SOMALIA, Niger, Nigeria & DRC - Vaccine Derived Polio Cases reported in 2018: Papua New Guinea - Twenty -Five cases (No new cases this week), Nigeria - Thirty-two cases (One new case this week), Niger - Eight cases (No new cases reported this week), Somalia - Thirteen cases (No new cases this week), DRC - Twenty-one cases (No new cases this week).  Ninety-six Vaccine derived Polio cases were reported in 2017 - Ninety-nine so far in 2018.

Quote of the Day 

Vaccines are truly the greatest health innovation that we've seen in history." - Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation


The Final Three Endemic Countries: 

  • Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week. Eight Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from FATA with an onset of paralysis on 10/07/18.  Pakistan's 2018 Polio cases have all come from just four Districts!  Eight cases reported in 2017.  Seven new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.  
  • Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Twenty Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Shahid - e - Hasas District, Uruzgan Province with an onset of paralysis on 10/09/18.  Fourteen cases reported in 2017.  Six new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.
  •  Nigeria - No Wild Polio cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018.   The most recent Polio case was reported on 8/20/16.  Nigeria is to be congratulated on 2-1/4 years without a Wild Polio case! 
   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!