Some researchers are ready to declare a consensus on what is causing acute flaccid myelitis, the mysterious polio-like illness that has affected more than 500 children in the US. After searching 42 patients’ spinal fluid for thousands of viruses, researchers found that 69%…

After being polio-free for almost 2 decades, the Philippines has declared a fresh outbreak of the paralyzing disease after a 3-year-old girl tested positive for the virus, Devex reports.   Polio—which remains endemic in just 3 countries—was also detected in sewage systems…

Africa may soon be completely free of wild poliovirus after 3 years with no recorded cases.    Nigeria had remained a holdout. In 2006, cases surged following rumors questioning oral vaccine safety. In recent years, outbreaks occurred in Boko Haram-controlled areas…

In 2014, a strange new illness emerged in the US. Kids woke up healthy but could be paralyzed by nightfall. While some were permanently disabled, others—even in the same family—barely got a fever. Acute flaccid myelitis, like polio decades before, seemed to strike at random…

The wild poliovirus continues to grip on Afghanistan and Pakistan, while vaccine-derived polio still stalks Africa—dashing hopes for eradication in 2019.   Sobering up to the failure, the global response effort is now debating how to shake the impasse and counter hostile…

A 21-month-old girl in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province became the country’s 10th polio case this year.   The girl, whose parents refused her vaccination, was left partially paralyzed.     Of ~9 million children eligible for vaccination in the country, around 860,000 did not…

Dozens of member states pledged continued support for the global effort to eradicate polio during a #WHA72 committee meeting on Thursday morning.  But one mattered more than most: Pakistan.

Global defeat of polio is within reach—but 2 formidable obstacles, violence and misinformation, stand in the way.   In Pakistan, hardline Islamist forces fueled recent violence—including arson of a health facility and the murder of 2 police guards—and spread rumors that the…

Since the WHO’s 1988 resolution to eradicate polio, cases have dropped by 99% with only 6 known cases this year in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But total containment means addressing where the virus still exists, perhaps clandestinely buried in lab freezers—just one…

3 decades in, a global push to wipe out polio has fueled tremendous progress—bringing wild polio cases down from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to 22 in 2017—but fallen short of eradicating the disease.