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WHO Removes Nigeria From Polio-Endemic List, Leaving Afghanistan, Pakistan

News outlets report on the WHO’s removal of Nigeria from the polio-endemic list. Agence France-Presse: WHO takes Nigeria off global list of polio-endemic countries “The World Health Organization on Friday took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a ‘historic achievement’ more than a year after the last recorded…

News Outlets Discuss Recent Vaccine-Derived Polio Outbreaks In Ukraine, Mali

BBC News: Ukraine health officials fear big polio outbreak “Health officials in Ukraine are gripped by fears of a major polio outbreak, after it was announced this month that the disease had paralyzed two children in the south-western region of Trans-Carpathia. Concerns that the virus could cut a deadly swathe…

WHO DG Chan Welcomes Gavi’s Chair-Elect, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

WHO: WHO welcomes appointment of Chair-elect of Gavi Board Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala In this statement, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says, “WHO welcomes the appointment of the Chair-elect of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She will take up the position of chair from January 2016. ……

Global Community Should Take Precautions Against Potential MERS Outbreaks

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: MERS — an uncertain future Editorial Board “…A recent WHO report stated that ‘WHO expects that … [MERS] cases will continue to be exported to other countries.’ If export were to a country with a weak health infrastructure, a much larger outbreak than was seen in…

Pakistan Launches Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign Aimed At Immunizing 35M Children

Pakistan Observer: Polio drive kicks off to vaccinate 35 million children “[A n]ationwide polio campaign has started to vaccinate more than 35 million children in 163 districts of the country by approximately 200,000 polio workers. [The] Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq [on] Monday monitored…

More Than 23K People Infected With Measles In DRC Outbreak

New York Times: Measles Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Kills 400 “More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 have died, according to United Nations agencies and Doctors Without Borders…” (McNeil, 9/14).

WHO Officers Speak With NPR About Polio Outbreaks In Ukraine, Mali

NPR: How Did Polio Pop Up In 2 Polio-Free Countries: Ukraine And Mali? “…Both countries had previously been polio-free, which leads to questions about how and why these outbreaks occurred, and how concerned we should be. To help sort through the issues, we consulted Oliver Rosenbauer, communications officer from WHO’s…