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Latest polio Stories

2010-04-06 06:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Netherlands Vaccine Institute (NVI) and PharmaJet, Inc. have entered into a collaboration aimed at helping speed the eradication of polio. The parties have been working together to evaluate PharmaJet's intra-dermal needle-free delivery technology with NVI's Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). The collaboration aims to demonstrate that the immune response from a fractional dose of 0.1 ml vaccine delivered needle-free into the intra-dermal region...

2009-10-23 11:28:00

Rotary clubs worldwide participate in global fundraising campaign, as new polio vaccine is approved for countries still battling the disease EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of World Polio Day, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone reached in the humanitarian service organization's global fundraising campaign to eradicate polio -- with nearly US$100 million ($99 million to date) raised. As part of a US$355 million challenge grant awarded...

2009-10-16 13:46:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Rotary International has declared October 24, 2009, "World Polio Day" to spotlight its effort to stamp out polio worldwide. In the past 10 years alone Rotarians in Alaska and the Yukon Territory have contributed $680,000 to achieve the dream of a polio-free world. They have also traveled to places such as India and Nigeria to help local people with national immunization days. In 1985, Rotary International joined with the World Health...

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2009-08-15 08:41:09

Polio is spreading in Nigeria and health officials say that the vaccine used to fight it has caused it, in some cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning in July that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa.  So far there have been 124 Nigerian children that have become paralyzed this year from the disease, which is about twice those afflicted in 2008. Polio is a dreaded paralyzing disease that has been stamped out in the industrial world. This problem...

2009-07-14 08:44:01

Eliminating polio everywhere will require global cooperation on several fronts, including lowering the cost for poor countries to vaccinate with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), says a leading global health researcher in the July/August Health Affairs thematic issue on global health.Eradicating the wild polioviruses was supposed to have been achieved by 2000, but the effort to fight the disease is still ongoing. Polio cases reached an all-time high this century --1,997 cases -- in 2006. In...

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2009-07-06 13:12:00

A Red Cross official has sharply criticized the way countries are handling the impact of communicable disease in poor countries, in contrast with flu or heart disease in rich nations. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies released a reported on Monday that warned the crippling and growing burden of epidemics like dengue fever, polio, or meningitis was not being sufficiently addressed. "We do not see interest, we only see vague, uncoordinated interest in...

2009-06-23 09:30:00

Despite economic challenges, donations exceed expectations BIRMINGHAM, England, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the final push to rid the world of a crippling and potentially fatal disease, Rotary International today announced that it has raised US$90.7 million toward its US$200 Million Challenge, a fundraising effort to end polio worldwide. Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Jonathan Majiyagbe announced the new figure to an international audience of 18,000 Rotary members at the...

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2009-06-21 12:05:00

Brazilian health authorities began their yearly polio vaccination program on Saturday that will immunize 95% of the country's children under the age of five this year. The health ministry says the $24 million campaign will provide 14.7 million children with anti-polio injections. The second stage of the program will be taking place August 22. Polio is an acute viral disease, usually affecting children and young adults, characterized by inflammation of the motor neurons of the brain stem and...

2009-05-08 21:59:36

Children adopted from countries such as Russia, China or Guatemala may not be protected against polio or measles despite vaccine records, U.S. researchers say. Emaculate Verla-Tebit and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland obtained data from 465 children who visited the International Adoption Clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital between 2001 and 2006, and who presented for care within 180 days of arrival in the United States. The study,...

2009-02-03 10:48:00

Volunteers play a critical role in world's largest global health endeavor EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the coming months, hundreds of Rotary club members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Korea, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean will join thousands of their fellow Rotary members, other volunteers and health workers to immunize children against polio in India and Nigeria. Through Rotary International, the fight against this crippling...