Aussie docs needs to up game on polio, experts say

Complacency has seen the nation fail to meet WHO's surveillance targets on stool testing

The world is ‘tantalisingly close’ to eradicating polio but Australian doctors can do more to help stamp out the virus, according to an Medical Journal of Australia perspective. 

Only two countries in the world have wild poliomyelitis — Pakistan and Afghanistan — but outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) strains have emerged on Australia’s doorstep recently.

However, for the past 11 years Australia has consistently failed to meet its WHO obligations on surveillance with regards to