Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, July 16th, 2002
Southeastern Turkey was the last area in the region to have had polio. The final case was reported there in November 1998 along the Iranian border.
The European zone, which has 51 countries and 873 million inhabitants, was the third WHO region decreed free of polio. The Americas were certified polio-free in 1994, followed by the Western Pacific region 3 years later.
To be certified poliomyelitis-free, a region must prove that 3 years of extensive surveillance have found no...
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