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PAHO adopts resolution to mitigate polio in the Americas

PAHO adopts resolution to mitigate polio in the Americas

Washington, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Friday adopted a resolution to prioritize actions to mitigate polio in the region, during its last session.

The document was unanimously adopted by the ministers and other high-level health authorities attending the Conference, PAHO’s highest body which meets every five years to determine the general policies of this institution.

Polio is not treatable, but it can be totally prevented with vaccines. However, vaccination coverage has fallen below 80 percent in almost all countries in the Americas in recent years, and 12 countries in the region are at very high or high risk of experiencing an outbreak, the text indicates.

It specifies that the recommended vaccination coverage to prevent the reintroduction of the virus is 95 percent.

In this regard, it argued that prior to the confirmation of the circulation of the disease, derived from vaccination in the state of New York, United States, PAHO issued an alert to members to be vigilant and take proactive measures with non-immunized populations.

It also warned to increase surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis, an indicator of the presence of poliomyelitis.

In this regard, he recalled that in 1994, the Americas were the first region in the world to be certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as polio-free.

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