Eleventh meeting of the Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 13-16 February 2001
AbstractThe Eleventh Meeting comprised three sections: a consultation on supplementary poliovirus surveillance, a review of documentation from the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and an informal consultation meeting of the Regional Reference Laboratories of the European Regional Poliomyelitis Laboratory Network. The Regional Commission had stated that a supplementary surveillance system not based on acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) might prove extremely valuable in assuring the absence of indigenous poliovirus circulation. At present there were 34 accredited and 3 provisionally accredited laboratories in the Regional Network. In 2000, a total of 6661 stool specimens from AFP patients and 2660 specimens from contact cases had been examined. A total of 281 polioviruses had been isolated and no wild poliovirus had been found. It had been more than 2 years since the last endemic wild poliovirus had been found in the WHO European Region. The Regional Commission was very impressed with the activity presented and appreciated the continuing improvement in the quality of AFP surveillance and laboratory performance in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Nevertheless, further improvements were necessary and many questions needed to be answered before the Region could be certified poliomyelitis-free. The Commission formulated general recommendations as well as country-specific comments, and discussed the status of the containment process reviewed at the meeting of containment coordinators held in Prague in December 2000. The regional plan of action for wild poliovirus containment was also discussed and approved by the Commission
Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication. Meeting (11th: 2001: Copenhagen, Denmark) & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2001). Eleventh meeting of the Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 13-16 February 2001. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108462
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