World Health Organization Western Pacific Region

Celebrating a polio-free Western Pacific Region

A polio immunization campaign in Aksu, Xinjiang, China, April 2012

Danger is ever present; vigilance and speedy response are key solutions

In August 2011, wild poliovirus imported from Pakistan was confirmed in the Xinjiang region of western China. A swift, thorough and decisive response anchored on good preparedness greatly diminished the spread of infection, stopped the virus from doing further harm and led to improved coverage and surveillance.

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