Polio on the march

The recent rise in wild poliovirus reminds us of the need for worldwide vigilance

Global eradication of polio has been a major focus of the work of the WHO.


Over more than 15 years, the WHO has been working in collaboration with Rotary International, UNICEF, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and donor countries including Australia, to try to eliminate a disease that in the past killed thousands of people every year and left many more with paralysis.

Polio is an acute viral disease caused by enterovirus (poliovirus). It is usually spread by the faecal-oral route (contaminated food and water), although