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*The Government of Congo has nearly completed the process of classifying status of 523 AFP cases lacking adequate specimens, of which approximately 300 are expected to be confirmed as polio.
Gabon reports first case in 10 years: Gabon has reported its first case of polio in more than ten years, a WPV1 with date of onset 15 January 2011. This serves as a reminder that even polio-free countries are not safe from the virus until the disease is completely eradicated. Genetic sequencing is under way to determine the origin of the virus. President of DRC expresses commitment to eradicating polio: At the invitation of President Joseph Kabila, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, and the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luίs Gomes Sambo, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo in February. Dr Chan and Dr Sambo met President Kabila, who expressed his government's firm commitment to ending the current polio outbreak; they also met with donors, partners and government officials to discuss emergency response plans. Rotary celebrates 106th anniversary: On 23 February, Rotary International celebrated its 106th Anniversary. In celebration, the organization lit up around 20 of the world's most recognizable landmarks with the slogan 'End Polio Now'. The illuminated landmarks included the Trevi Fountain in Italy, the parliament building in the Hague, Netherlands and Charminar in India. More Polio eradication mourns loss of Bill Sergeant: Former Vice-President of Rotary International, William 'Bill' Sergeant, passed away on 13 February. Mr Sergeant was chairman of Rotary's International Polio Plus Committee of the Rotary Foundation from its inception in 1994 until 2006. The polio eradication champion's dedication was honoured by the World Health Assembly in 2006. More
Myanmar is carrying out a response to the single vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) case detected in Yamethin Township in Mandalay Division in December 2010. Two rounds of SIAs are planned, to vaccinate 3.4 million children under the age of 5 years with oral polio vaccine (tOPV) in 115 Townships in Myanmar. No secondary spread has been found and there is active surveillance going on to verify this.
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