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World Polio Day (24 October) was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. (Courtesy: Polio updates: Polio this week - As of 23 October 2013 World Polio Day - 24 October! Partners, governments, civil society and communities worldwide are today marking World Polio Day, as efforts to eradicate this disease once and for all are being intensified. More In Syria, reports of suspected polio cases have emerged. A cluster of hot cases is currently being investigated, and has prompted planning for a comprehensive outbreak response across the region. See ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more. One wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case has been confirmed in Cameroon. This is the first WPV in the country since 2009. WPV1 was isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case from Ouest province, with onset of paralysis on 1 October 2013. Genetic sequencing is on-going to determine origin of the isolated virus. See ‘Chad, Cameroon and Central African Republic’ section for more - See more at: Today is World Polio Day On the TechNet-21 website: The potential impact of routine immunization with inactivated poliovirus vaccine on wild-type or Vaccine-derived Poliovirus Outbreaks in a post-eradication settingTitle Targeting 800 thousand children ... Nationwide vaccination campaign launched at schools Somalia: a gathering storm? UN Security Council urges Sudan and SPLM-N to agree over polio campaign Pakistan deadly bomb targets Peshawar polio campaign Defining two drops

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