Latest polio Stories

2006-02-01 12:25:00

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared two more states -- Egypt and Niger -- free of endemic polio, bringing the goal of eradicating the paralyzing disease worldwide a step nearer. Egypt, where polio has been traced back 5,000 years, has had no cases for over a year, and the nine reported in Niger were all due to imports of the virus from neighboring Nigeria. This leaves a record low of just four countries -- Nigeria, India, Pakistan...

2006-01-31 13:32:26

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it is about to announce that Egypt is polio-free, for the first time in 5,000 years, bringing global eradication a step closer. The last sample of the crippling virus in Egypt was found in sewage in mid-January 2005, but the U.N. agency said it is waiting for the final data for this month before making an expected announcement on Wednesday. A full year must pass without any new detection of...

2005-10-13 14:43:33

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four children in two Amish families in Minnesota have been infected with polio after not being vaccinated against the disease, probably for religious reasons, state health officials said on Thursday. Genetic testing shows the polio involved likely originated overseas in an infant who had been vaccinated with a live polio virus, state epidemiologist Dr. Harry Hull said. That kind of vaccine has not been used in the United States for five years. He said a Minnesota...

2005-08-24 03:08:47

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - The outbreak of polio in Indonesia could spread to other countries in the region, but a plan to vaccinate 24 million children next week should halt its progress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The comments by WHO's polio eradication representative, David Heymann, came a day after another U.N. official warned a polio epidemic could hit Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, after the wet season starts in...

2005-07-31 08:35:46

By Karen Iley CAXITO, Angola (Reuters) - Angola stepped up its fight against polio on Sunday, with mothers out in force to take advantage of a nationwide immunization drive after the first appearance of the disease in the African country in four years. The three-day, $3.74 million campaign, which ends on Sunday, was run by the Health Ministry, the United Nations Childrens Fund UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is aimed at stopping polio before it spreads. Angola this...

2005-02-04 09:24:42

GENEVA (AP) -- The number of polio cases reported in Asia almost halved last year, meaning that efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent by the end of 2005 are on course, the World Health Organization said Friday. However problems remain in Africa. Total cases in the three Asian countries that still have polio - Afghanistan, India and Pakistan - fell to 186 last year from 336 in 2003, after political leaders of all three countries lent personal support to mass campaigns to immunize...

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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.