polio

Wild poliovirus type 3 eradicated

At a celebratory event at WHO headquarters on World Polio Day, October 24, David Salisbury, chair of the independent Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication, officially declared wild poliovirus type 3 eradicated. The last type 3 case was seen in Nigeria in 2012. Type 2 was declared eradicated in 2015; its last case was in India in 1999. Wild poliovirus type 1 continues to circulate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Nigeria marks three years since last wild poliovirus case

Nigeria marked three years since its last case of wild poliovirus on August 21, an important milestone for the country and the region on the path toward certification of eradication of the disease. Nigeria was the last country in Africa with cases of wild poliovirus; if it remains polio-free in coming months, the entire continent could be declared polio-free next year.

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