Posted by John Hathaway on May 31, 2019

Two new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  See attached report.                

What is that Polio Eradication Picture? - Applications are now open for the 2019 Polio REACH Awards, established by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.  The REACH Awards honor front line health workers and innovators on disease elimination – the true heroes of disease eradication. These awards are a moment to recognize and celebrate the dedicated Polio vaccinators who tirelessly overcome difficult terrain and areas of insecurity to reach every last child with lifesaving polio vaccines.The REACH Awards will be presented at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum on 11/19/2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE where the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2019 pledging moment will be hel

Vaccine Derived Polio Cases reported in 2019 - 11:  Indonesia - 0 (0 in 2018).  Papua New Guinea - 0 (26 in 2018).  Nigeria - 8 (34 in 2018)  Niger - 0 (10 in 2018).  Somalia - 2 (13 in 2018).  DRC - 1 (20 in 2018).  Mozambique - 0 - (1 in 2018)  One hundred and four Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 2018. Iran - One additional Polio Positive Environmental Sample was detected this week in Iran.  Sample there are genetically related to those in Karachi, Pakistan.  No cases of Polio paralysis have been reported in Iran.