Is Nigeria Totally Free Of Polio? WHO Takes Nigeria Off Polio-Endemic List

World Health Organisation on Friday took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a "historic achievement" more than a year after the last recorded case of the disease in Africa's most populous nation.

The announcement, made in a statement and at a meeting of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in New York, leaves just two countries - Pakistan and Afghanistan - on the list.

In declaring Nigeria "no longer polio endemic", the WHO said: "This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild (naturally occurring) poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free."

The last case was in the Sumaila district of Kano state, northern Nigeria, on 24 July, 2014.
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