China: two years on

Revisiting the country’s model outbreak response on the second anniversary of their last case of polio

It was in July 2011 that the first case of wild poliovirus in 12 years was detected in China. By October – just three months later – the country had a put a stop to the virus. How did they do that? With a massive outbreak response.

In particular, the rapidity of China’s response was critical to their success against the disease. China promptly mobilized significant human and financial resources and welcomed support from technical agencies in the management of the outbreak. Now, with two years passed since their most recent case, China, and the entire WHO Western Pacific Region, remains polio-free.

The country continues to be on the lookout for polio cases – like any country, it remains at risk of re-importation as long as polio exists anywhere in the world. In March and May this year, mass polio vaccination rounds were held in Xinjiang province (the former epicentre of the outbreak), targeting an average of 1.7 million children under four years of age.

Related


Related News

   14/09/2021
Update on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan for August 2021
   14/09/2021
GPEI joins the 5-year action journey to achieve irreversible progress towards gender equality
   27/08/2021
Three polio survivors from Mozambique, Congo and Ethiopia share their experiences of living with the effects of disease, and their hope for a polio-free world.
   27/08/2021
Learn how the type 2 novel oral polio vaccine (nOPV2) is being rolled out across Africa to help more sustainably address outbreaks of a non-wild form of polio, cVDPV2, and protect children across the continent.
   27/08/2021
Despite success against wild polio in the African region, outbreaks of the non-wild form of polio, cVDPV2, continue. With continued country commitment to eradication, a future where no child in Africa is paralysed by the virus is possible.