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Goed nieuws over de bestrijding van polio

Goed nieuws over de bestrijding van polio!

De voorzitter van het Rotary International PolioPlus Comité,   Mike McGovern,  heeft ons begin mei 2021 laten weten:

“For the first time  all of the sites that undertake  environmental testing for the wild poliovirus in Pakistan and in Afghanistan near the border have concurrently shown no presence of the wild polio virus.

This is a sign of tremendous progress in the 35 plus year effort to eradicate polio. 

We have also gone 14 weeks without a wild poliovirus case. There have been just 4 cases of the wild polio virus in the last six months.  We have seen 2 wild polio cases since January 1st. 

Certainly, we will likely see more cases and  we will later find positive samples of wild polio virus in the environment, but  this is a good sign we are definitely getting closer.   It is remarkably similar to what we saw in India a decade ago. 

And we are also seeing fewer vaccine derived cases than we saw last year.

With all the world's challenges, it is heartening to have good news.”