An independent commission of experts concluded that wild type poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide, representing a historic achievement.
In this interview we speak to Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, about his work on polio, picornaviruses and publicizing science through blogs and podcasts.
In a new review of the condition, experts from NIAID have called for a galvanized research response to growing cases of acute flaccid myelitis.
Researchers have identified a non-polio enterovirus – EV-D68 – as the potential cause of an outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis cases in Arizona.
Researchers have developed a freeze-dried polio vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration and is still efficacious after rehydration.
Oral vaccines are less immunogenic when given to infants in low-income countries, compared with high-income countries, limiting their potential public health impact and in this review the authors evaluate the factors that might contribute to this phenomenon.
Researchers have pioneered a synthetic polio vaccine using a plant-based production technique. They suggest their findings could be a major step towards the global eradication of this disease.
Despite challenges and setbacks in the decades-long struggle to eradicate polio, effective vaccines, evidence-based policy and global cooperation have brought the world closer to achieving polio eradication than ever before.