Polio has been eradicated in Europe after decade-long vaccination program

More than 6 million people aged up to 50 have been vaccinated against the newly recorded strain of polio, in a move aimed at preventing a major outbreak of the crippling disease and saving…

Polio has been eradicated in Europe after decade-long vaccination program

More than 6 million people aged up to 50 have been vaccinated against the newly recorded strain of polio, in a move aimed at preventing a major outbreak of the crippling disease and saving as many as one million lives. Twenty-eight countries were affected by a previous polio outbreak in June 2018. The World Health Organization named C-19 as the new strain after detecting it in the sewage samples of Polio Transmission Laboratory in Bamenda, Cameroon, in May. In July, the health officials published their findings to safeguard humanity against the dreaded disease. “Most of the world has already been vaccinated against polio and has been treated for it and this is a new phase of the virus where we have an increased risk that it might spread to new regions,” Valerie Delort, Executive Director of UNICEF’s immunization programs, told CNN.

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The epidemic was a false alarm for World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African to head the agency. According to CNN, “Officials said that’s because for years WHO had overlooked the signs of a mutating version of polio – evidence that led the organization to rapidly fix its lax system for tracking and monitoring disease outbreaks.” As a result, there is still concern that more people could contract the virus, because it could take years for the poliovirus to be contained. Still, these vaccinations have “weakened the ability of the virus to evolve, and increased the risk for human-to-human transmission and transmit to other countries,” the WHO noted in a statement.

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