Significant progress has been made in recent decades in efforts to tackle polio. Cases due to wild poliovirus have declined by more than 99% since 1988. However, it’s feared that disruptions to routine vaccination programmes are putting this progress at risk. And it remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Ahead of World Polio Day on Monday 24 October, here’s a summary of the latest news on the disease and ongoing efforts to monitor, treat and ultimately eliminate the disease.