The Countdown to History starts after the final Wild Polio case. 
Today, we start over on the count of weeks since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.
SYRIA & DRC  - No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week in Syria (the last case reported on 9/20/17) leaving the total number of cases for Syria to 74.  No new cases were reported in DRC, leaving their total at 10.
 Do You Know?  the Ten Interventions Bringing Afghanistan Closer To Ending Polio? - # 10 is -Stepping Up cross Border Collaboration - Polio Vaccination Campaigns, carried out at the same time in neighboring countries, goes a long way toward catching many of the migrant and on the move populations from both sides of the border.    
Quote of the Day - From Martin Luther King - "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."     
The Final Three Endemic Countries: 
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Eight cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Balochistan province with an onset of paralysis on 11/14/17.  Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016.  No new Environmental Samples reported this week.  A Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign will target 36 million children later this month.
Afghanistan - One new Polio case reported this week.  Thirteen cases reported in 2017 - the most recent from the Khandahar province with the onset of paralysis on 12/03/17.  A Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign targeting 5 million children will begin later this month.  Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016.  Two new Polio-positive Environmental Samples (from Khandahar & Nangarhar) were collected this week.
Nigeria - No new Polio cases reported this week.   Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015 or 2017.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 in Borno State.  Nigeria has once again gone over one year without a Wild Polio case after previously going two years before an undetected outbreak of four cases was reported on 8/20/16.  

   Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator