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Poliovirus spreads beyond Nigeria after vaccine uptake drops

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:310
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

The poliovirus circulating in northern Nigeria has now infected people in seven neighbouring countries that were previously free of the disease, prompting grave concern among international health agencies.

The World Health Organization and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have set themselves the target of halting transmission of the disease worldwide by next year. After a 15 year effort, there remain six countries where polio is still endemic—Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Niger, Afghanistan, and Egypt.

Almost all cases are now restricted to hotspots in Pakistan, India, and …

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