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WHO Declares The International Spread Of Polio A Public Health Emergency

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If you plan on traveling internationally any time soon then you better make sure your Poliovirus Vaccine is up to date. Countries with current Poliovirus cases include: Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Cameroon, Syria, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

At end-2013, 60% of polio cases were the result of international spread of wild poliovirus, and there was increasing evidence that adult travelers contributed to this spread. During the 2014 low transmission season there has already been international spread of wild poliovirus from 3 of the 10 States that are currently infected: in central Asia, in the Middle East, and in Central Africa. A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop this international spread of wild poliovirus and to prevent new spread with the onset of the high transmission season in May/June 2014; unilateral measures may prove less effective in stopping international spread than a coordinated response. The consequences of further international spread are particularly acute today given the large number of polio-free but conflict-torn and fragile States which have severely compromised routine immunization services and are at high risk of re-infection. Such States would experience extreme difficulty in mounting an effective response were wild poliovirus to be reintroduced.

Check out the WHO article Here

You can find the breakdown of cases per country Here

You can find the Polio Eradication Website’s article on temporary recommendations Here

Questions are to be sent to: polioihr@who.int

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Author: Emily Schmidt

Chiropractic Assistant and Secretary for Dr. Joan

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