World Polio Day: 24 October 2018

23 October 2018

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The sixth annual World Polio Day takes places on 24 October 2018. Poliomyelitis is an acute enteroviral infection that mostly affects children under five years of age and in its most severe form the disease may result in permanent paralysis.

Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has fallen by more than 99.9%, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2017. World Polio day aims to celebrate this achievement and focus on the aim of eradicating polio.

More information is available on the End Polio website