July 1, 2002
Europe is Polio-Free says World Health Organisation
On June 21, 2002, the World Health Organization
(WHO) announced that no indigenous cases of polio have been detected
in its European Region in the past three years. The last case of
wild poliomyelitis occurred in eastern Turkey in 1998 in a 2-year-old
unvaccinated boy who was
paralyzed by the virus.
In a meeting of the European Regional Commission
for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC), the European
Region (51 countries) joined the Americas and the Western Pacific
in achieving "polio-free" certification. The Global Polio
Eradication Initiative aims to certify the world polio-free by the
end of the year 2005.
As RCC chairman Sir Joseph Smith stated in the WHO
press release about the certification, "Our work does not stop
here. Throughout the European Region, ongoing vaccination and surveillance
is vital. The risk of poliovirus being imported into Europe will
continue until we eradicate
Follow the link to read the WHO press release, "Europe
Achieves Historic Milestone As Region Is Declared Polio-Free".