Africa declared free of wild polio

News: Africa Regional Certification Commission, an independent body has declared Africa free from wild polio. Facts: Polio: It is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus.It invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.  Transmission: The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or… Continue reading Africa declared free of wild polio

Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM)

News:Recently, the Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM) which is referred to as a ‘polio-like condition’ has been tested negative for the polio virus. Facts: About Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM): Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a neurologic disease.It is rare but a serious disease.It affects an area of the spinal cord called gray matter. The exact cause of the… Continue reading Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM)

Pakistan suspends polio drive after security threats to workers

The Pakistan government has suspended the anti-polio drive and Lot Quality Assurance Sampling(LQAS) after the increased number of attacks against polio workers in different parts of the country. The countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to 39 million children under five years of age was launched after which the evaluation of the drive was to… Continue reading Pakistan suspends polio drive after security threats to workers