Pakistani authorities have fervently denied allegations that they are covering up an outbreak of the most dangerous strain of polio, Newsweek Pakistan reports.

The WHO declared the global eradication of wild poliovirus type 3 today, marking World Polio Day with a major milestone. Just wild poliovirus type 1 remains, however the work is far from over, Medium reports.

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…

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…