Posted by David Ross
Zero is the Magic Number! What is that Polio Eradication Picture?   It's a picture of children being entertained while being protected from the paralysis of Polio.  Can you imagine a line of 17,500,000 of these children?  If they were holding hands, they would make a line about 2,476 miles long!  That's about how many children we have saved from paralysis.  And when we reach eradication, we will be saving an additional 500,000 more per year - Forever! Unfortunately, there was one new Wild Polio case this week. The three-year Countdown to History starts after the final Wild Polio case. But today, we start over on our count since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.

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 Here is where we stand by Country.
  • Kenya, Syria, Somalia, Nigeria and the DRC--No new Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in Nigeria this week (Jigawa State).  None have been reported in Kenya or Somalia, but 4 Vaccine derived Polio Virus samples were confirmed in Somalia between 3/8/18 & 3/22/18.  No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week in Syria (last case 9/20/17) leaving the total number of Syrian cases at 74 for 2017 and 0 for 2018.  No new cases were reported in DRC leaving their 2018 total at 4 (22 in 2017).  
  • The Final Three Endemic Countries are:
    • Pakistan - One new Polio case reported this week. Two Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Dukki, Balochistan Province with an onset of paralysis on 4/15/18.  Eight cases reported in 2017.  No new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week.  A Sub-National immunization campaign reached 20 million children in May.
    • Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Eight Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Kandahar province with the onset of paralysis on 04/27/18.  Fourteen cases reported in 2017.  A sub-national vaccination campaign reached 9.6 million children in May.  One new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample was reported this week in Afghanistan (Kunar Province).
    • Nigeria - No new Wild Polio cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018.   The most recent Polio case was reported on 8/20/16.  Nigeria has once again gone 1-3/4 years without a Wild Polio case.