Over 5.6 million children to be vaccinated against polio during large-scale vaccination campaign

photo_polio_snidA child receives 2 drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Photo: WHO/S.RamoKabul 30 January 2017 – The Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF launched today the first polio subnational immunization days campaign of 2017. Over 5.6 million children will be vaccinated against polio in all provinces in the southern and south-eastern regions, most districts in the eastern region, as well as selected high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city.
“The campaign will build on strong progress seen in 2016. Last year Afghanistan had only 13 cases of polio nationwide, down from 20 in 2015. This was made possible through hard work by thousands of frontline health workers and a renewed emphasis on monitoring and oversight,” said Dr Maiwand Ahmadzai, Director of the National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication at the Ministry of Public Health, speaking at a joint press conference held in Kabul.
This week’s campaign is carried out by over 31 000 trained polio workers and it runs until 3 February when vaccinators revisit children who were missed when the vaccinators first visited. These vaccinators and other polio workers are trusted members of the community and they have been chosen because they care about children.
“We have seen significant progress in our polio eradication efforts over the past year. Most of Afghanistan is now polio-free, the circulation of the poliovirus is restricted to small areas in the eastern, southern and southeastern parts of the country and we have seen huge improvements in vaccination campaign quality,” said Dr Hemant Shukla, director of the polio programme at WHO. “Our focus is now on reaching every single child during every vaccination campaign to stop the transmission of polio.”
“With our collective efforts, we will be able to eradicate polio from the world. Vaccines are the right of every child and no child should be missed during polio campaigns,” said Ms Melissa Corkum, UNICEF Polio director in Afghanistan. “Thousands of frontline workers visit every house in the country during campaigns. That’s not an easy task. Due to the hard work of these dedicated frontline workers, we are closer to polio eradication than ever.”
In 2016, new initiatives have been implemented to strengthen the polio eradication programme in Afghanistan. All polio eradication activities have been brought under one leadership as Emergency Operations Centres have been established at the national and subnational level. The surveillance system has been strengthened and the circulation of wild poliovirus is unlikely to be missed in Afghanistan. The quality of campaigns, routine immunization and rapid response to polio cases have improved tremendously over the past year.
In 2016, 13 polio cases were registered: 7 cases in Paktika, 4 cases in Kunar, one case in Kandahar and one in Helmand province. Afghanistan remains one of 3 polio-endemic countries together with Pakistan and Nigeria.

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Erradicación de La poliomielitis

Polio Tricisilla Adaptada

March Of Dimes Polio History

Dr. Bruno




A 41-year-old man developed an acute illness at the age of 9 months during which, following a viral illness with headache, he developed severe weakness and wasting of the limbs of the left side. After several months he began to recover, such that he was able to walk at the age of 2 years and later was able to run, although he was never very good at sports. He had stable function until the age of 18 when he began to notice greater than usual difficulty lifting heavy objects. By the age of 25 he was noticing progressive difficulty walking due to weakness of both legs, and he noticed that the right calf had become larger. The symptoms became more noticeable over the course of the next 10 years and ultimately both upper as well as both lower limbs had become noticeably weaker.

On examination there was wasting of the muscles of upper and lower limbs on the left, and massively hypertrophied gastrocnemius, soleus and tensor fascia late on the right. The calf circumference on the right exceeded that on the left by 10 cm (figure1). The right shoulder girdle, triceps, thenar eminence and small muscles of the hand were wasted and there was winging of both scapulae. The right quadriceps was also wasted. The wasted muscles were also weak but the hypertrophied right ankle plantar flexors had normal power. The tendon reflexes were absent in the lower limbs and present in the upper limbs, although the right triceps was reduced. The remainder of the examination was normal.

Figure 1

The patient's legs, showing massive enlargement of the right calf and wasting on the left


What is that nature of the acute illness in infancy?
What is the nature of the subsequent deterioration?
What investigations should be performed?
What is the differential diagnosis of the cause of the progressive calf hypertrophy?



An acute paralytic illness which follows symptoms of a viral infection with or without signs of meningitis is typical of poliomyelitis. Usually caused by one of the three polio viruses, it may also occur following vaccination and following infections with other enteroviruses.1 Other disorders which would cause a similar syndrome but with upper motor neurone signs would include acute vascular lesions, meningoencephalitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.


A progressive functional deterioration many years after paralytic poliomyelitis is well known, although its pathogenesis is not fully understood.2 It is a diagnosis of exclusion; a careful search for alternative causes, for example, orthopaedic deformities such as osteoarthritis or worsening scoliosis, superimposed neurological disorders such as entrapment neuropathies or coincidental muscle disease or neuropathy, and general medical causes such as respiratory complications and endocrinopathies.3


Investigations revealed normal blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate and normal biochemistry apart from a raised creatine kinase at 330 IU/l (normal range 60–120 IU/l), which is commonly seen in cases of ongoing denervation. Electromyography showed evidence of denervation in the right APB and FDI with polyphasic motor units and complex repetitive discharges, no spontaneous activity in the left calf and large polyphasic units in the right calf consistent with chronic partial denervation. Motor and sensory conduction velocities were normal. A lumbar myelogram was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the calves is shown in figure2.

Figure 2

Axial T1 weighted MRI scan (TR 588 ms, TE 15 ms) of the calves, showing gross muscle atrophy and replacement by adipose tissue on the left, and hypertrophy of the muscles on the right, with only minor adipose tissue deposition


The differential diagnosis of the progressive calf hypertrophy is given in the box.

Causes of calf muscle hypertrophy

Chronic partial denervation

  • radiculopathy

  • peripheral neuropathy

  • hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy

  • spinal muscular atrophy

  • following paralytic poliomyelitis

    Neuromyotonia and myokymia

  • Isaac's syndrome

  • generalised myokymia

  • neurotonia

  • continuous muscle fibre activity due to: chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy, Guillain Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, thymoma, thyrotoxicosis, thyroiditis

    Muscular dystrophies



  • tumours

  • amyloidosis

  • cysticercosis

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