Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance: a global platform for detecting and responding to priority infectious diseases

November 2004
Weekly Epidemiological Record;11/26/2004, Vol. 79 Issue 48, p425
The article focuses on international cooperation in fighting acute flaccid paralysis, an infectious diseases. Following the 1988 World Health Assembly resolution to eradicate poliomyelitis, the number of polio-endemic countries has decreased from 125 in 1988 to only 6 countries considered polio-endemic by the end of 2003. As part of the eradication strategies, sensitive global surveillance system was established that captures a high proportion of acute flaccid paralysis cases in children aged 15 years or younger, with virological testing of stool specimens to detect cases of paralytic poliomyelitis.


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