Finally, Africa stamps out wild poliovirus


The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication has officially declared that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the African Region free of wild poliovirus. This marks the eradication of the second virus from the continent since smallpox 40 years ago. “Today is a historic day for Africa,” says Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke, chairperson of the ARCC. “The for Polio Eradication is pleased to announce that the region has successfully met the certification criteria for wild polio eradication, with no cases of the wild poliovirus reported…

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