Polio Eradication Update

Dr. Pullen examines the discussion of polio eradication that is featured in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This article originally appeared online at Dr.Pullen.com. For my Rotary friends and others interested in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio, the US Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) this week has a Update summary on 2009 worldwide polio.

MMWR is a concise weekly summary put out weekly as a way for physicians and others interested to stay abreast of the very latest publoic health issues. As many of you know there were some setbacks in 2009 in the massive effort to eradicate polio worldwide, with wild strain polio cases in countries where it was thought polio had been eradicated. New strategies are being implemented. This is a nice concise summary of the status of polio worldwide in 2009. Read Progress Toward Interruption of Wild Poliovirus Transmission—Worldwide, 2009.

Also see Eradication of Polio — It’s Happening.

Ed Pullen, MD, is a board-certified family physician practicing in Puyallup, WA. He blogs at DrPullen.com — A Medical Bog for the Informed Patient.