Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the “last mile.”
The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 10 more cases of an extremely rare, polio-like condition across 24 states.
Nigeria approved a $150 million loan from the World Bank to help eradicate polio and scale up immunization, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said.
Some 21 percent of patients with advanced brain cancer treated with a modified polio vaccine were alive after three years, compared with 4 percent with similar tumors who received standard therapies.
In a huge immunization effort in 150 countries, health teams will on Sunday launch what they hope will be the final push against polio. Stopping transmission of the contagious viral disease that has infected millions is possible within a year, experts say. And full, official, global eradication could be declared by the end of this […]
The world should stop vaccinating children against one of the three strains of the crippling polio virus as part of a drive to eradicate the disease once and for all, a group of health experts has advised the World Health Organization. There is no cure for polio, which attacks the nervous system and can cause […]
Two children in southwestern Ukraine have been paralyzed by polio, the first outbreak of the disease in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a setback for a global eradication campaign. The WHO said Ukraine had been at particular risk of an outbreak because of inadequate vaccination coverage. In 2014, only […]
Nigeria marked its first year without a single case of polio on Friday, reaching a milestone many experts had thought would elude it as internal conflict hampered the battle against the crippling disease. It means the country could come off the list of countries where polio is endemic in a few weeks, once the World […]