WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

CDC committed to eradicating polio

Following the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on December 2, the CDC is abiding by its commitment to strengthen efforts to bring an end to polio within the next five years through the use of existing effective vaccines.

Since December 2, the CDC has joined forces with its partners the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, Rotary International and the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation to draw upon the resources needed to make this initiative a success.

Over 70 people have been working daily at the CDC's Emergency Operations Center on eradicating polio by 2018. Angola, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the five countries still affected by polio and over 130 individuals have deployed to these areas to help accomplish the organization's goal of stopping new infections.

The CDC has also initiated a program to stop the transmission of polio; 500 people have been deployed to infected and at-risk areas to enforce the STOP program. With this, an increase in technical support has been provided to at-risk countries to monitor the prevalence of polio.

Polio incidents have dropped more than 99% since 1988. Only 223 cases in five countries were found in 2012.