Nigeria: Niger, Kano Records Two Polio Cases
[Daily Trust]Kaduna -Two cases of Wild Polio Virus had been recorded in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger and Fagge in Kano respectively, Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Sufiyan M. Babale has said.
Nigeria has officially wiped out wild polio, but there have already been 15 cases of infection this year, caused by the live virus used in some vaccines
[Daily Trust] State governors under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) have promised to prioritize routine immunization coverage in their states to ensure that Nigeria is declared polio free.
[Addis Standard] Five zones of Somali region of Ethiopia and, Somalia/Somaliland and Puntland from the WHO Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions respectively jointly launched the synchronized cross border polio vaccination campaign where the Somali region alone targets to reach over half million (586, 511) children whose age are 0-59 months from the five high risk zones namely Fafan, Jarar, Dollo, Erar and Nogob.
[RFI] Nigerian health officials have announced a three-year milestone in the fight against wild polio, a step that could see the African continent as polio-free by 2020.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As the world strives to eradicate polio, Africa may soon reach a major breakthrough in efforts to rid the planet of one of the most devastating diseases of all time. The continent's resilience and strong commitment to stopping the virus overcame tough challenges, and Africa now stands on the threshold of becoming the next region to be declared free of wild polio.
This report describes polio eradication activities and progress in Afghanistan during January 2018-May 2019 and updates previous reports (2,3). During May-December 2018, insurgent groups (antigovernment elements) banned house-to-house vaccination in most southern and southeastern provinces, leaving approximately 1 million children inaccessible to oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) administration. During January-April 2019, vaccination targeting children at designated community sites (site-to-site vaccination) was permitted; however, at the end of April 2019, vaccination campaigns were banned nationally. During 2018, a total of ...
This study aimed to detect the introduction and/or circulation of wild poliovirus or vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV) in wastewater, covering a significant population of Armenia, Colombia, before trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) cessation. Between March and September 2015, 24 wastewater samples were collected from eight study sites in eight communes of Armenia, Colombia. Virus detection and characterization were performed using both cell culture (i.e., RD or L20B cells) and RT-PCR. Polioviruses were isolated in 11 (45.8%) of 24 wastewater samples. All isolates were identified as Sabin strains (type 1 = 9, type 3 = 2) ...
AbstractHexyon® is a fully-liquid, ready-to-use, hexavalent vaccine approved in the EU since 2013 for primary and booster vaccination in infants and toddlers from age 6 weeks against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B (HB), poliomyelitis, and invasive diseases caused byHaemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). While the source of HB antigen in Hexyon® is different from other vaccines, the rest of its valences have been extensively used in other approved vaccines. Hexyon® is highly immunogenic for all its component toxoids/antigens when used as primary and booster vaccine in infants and toddlers, irres...
[Premium Times] African leaders and developmental partners working on the eradication of polio have been urged not to relent on their achievements in ending polio on the continent.