Europe retains polio-free status

 Posted by on August 29, 2011  1 Response »
Aug 292011
Europe retains polio-free status

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC) has declared Europe remains a polio-free zone, a year after importation of wild poliovirus type 1 in 2010. The transmission of that virus has been stopped due to action undertaken by the affected countries,  through additional immunization activities, often involving nationwide vaccination campaigns. No new cases have been recorded since September 2010. Europe was declared polio-free in 2002 and the imported cases represented the largest outbreak since then. At the RCC meeting, all 53 countries in the WHO European Region, including those affected by the 2010 ———->FULL ARTICLE

May 062011

Tragic news are coming out of Chad; vaccine-preventable diseases are taking many lives and causing immense pain and suffering. Since the beginning of the year outbreaks of meningitis, measles, polio and cholera have been recorded. Here’s a recap of the various outbreaks that have befallen the people of Chad. Meningitis Since the beginning of the year, 4,960 meningitis cases have been reported, and  227 people have died. Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) is lending a helping hand and has set up temporary centers to take care of the meningitis patients. MSF has been distributing antibiotic drugs to local ———->FULL ARTICLE

Flash News – 02/03/11

 Posted by on February 3, 2011  3 Responses »
Feb 032011

Bill Gates & Abu Dhabi prince pledge $50,000,000 each to vaccination effort – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the prince of Abu Dhabi have pledged $50,000,000 each to vaccinate children in Afghanistan and Pakistan against polio and other diseases. About one third of this sum will go towards polio eradication efforts, while the rest will go toward other diseases, such as pneumonia, diphtheria, whooping cough and other diseases. UK study shows adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine induces a faster and higher immune response than non-adjuvanted vaccine – A head-to-head comparison of the two H1N1 vaccines given to adults during the 2009 ———->FULL ARTICLE

Tajikistan Polio Outbreak Update

 Posted by on January 5, 2011  1 Response »
Jan 052011

A while back we reported on a polio outbreak in Tajikistan. Five months later, the good news is that it appears that the outbreak is under control, with no new infection cases reported since July 4, 2010, and the country is close to declaring the epidemic over, although immunizations will continue to be dispensed through 2011. The bad news is that the overall burden of the epidemic is worse than it was when we initially reported it. According to data provide by the World Health Organization Epidemiological Brief dated 12-16-2010 Tajikistan has recorded 709 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), ———->FULL ARTICLE

Dec 172010

The death toll from the polio outbreak in Congo has surpassed 200, according to the UNICEF. When I last reported on this outbreak, a little over a month ago, the death toll was a little under 100, and it has doubled in a little over a month. A three-round emergency immunization campaign was launched in the wake of the outbreak. This week marks the end of the second wave of the campaign with thousands of health workers and volunteers working hard to vaccinate the entire population, regardless of gender, age or past immunization status. Most of the victims so far ———->FULL ARTICLE

Dec 142010

While we bemoan the lack of critical thinking displayed by our celebrities (McCarthy and vaccines, Shaq and PowerBalance rubber bands, Oprah and, well everything) Amitabh Bachchan, a huge Bollywood star, has writen an article for The Times of India, about the polio eradication efforts in India, and he displays the kind of understanding of the issue, the dangers of the disease and the benefits of the vaccines, that we can only dream off form some of our celebrities, here in the U.S. In just over half a century, we have made massive progress in protecting our children from polio. It’s ———->FULL ARTICLE

Nov 092010
Polio kills at least 85 in Congo in little over one month

An outbreak of polio has killed at least 85 people (with 78 being reported by AFP and 94 by IRIN via Reuters) and left 184 with of acute flaccid paralysis in Congo, since early October, more than a decade after the disease was considered to have been eradicated there (it had not registered a case since the year 2000). The World Health Organisation (WHO) has partly attributed the outbreak to Congo’s poor health and hygiene infrastructure. A vaccination campaign is scheduled to start this Friday, November 12, 2010 using monovalent oral polio vaccine type 1 (mOPV1), in the areas immediately affected. The rest ———->FULL ARTICLE

Aug 132010

A little while back I reported on the success of a massive polio vaccination campaign in Tajikistan, which stopped polio dead in its tracks within months of the vaccination campaign start. A similar effort is now under way in Angola, Africa, which is experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus, that seems to have spread in neighbouring Congo. The country’s Ministry of Health has reported 19 cases of wild poliovirus since the start of the year, with six of Angola’s 18 provinces having been affected. Polio cases originating in Angola have spread across the border to the Democratic Republic of the ———->FULL ARTICLE