According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa is now free of naturally occurring polio or poliomyelitis disease.
Polio is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body).
The report noted that the continent’s last case was reported in northern Nigeria four years ago.
The announcement is a significant step in the 30-year-long campaign to eradicate the disease worldwide.
Only Afghanistan and Pakistan have polio infections now.
However, the coronavirus pandemic is interrupting vaccination efforts.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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