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Eradication of poliomyelitis: where do we stand in Europe?
  1. ULRICH HEININGER, European Associate Editor

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In 1988, the World Health Assembly adopted the goal of global eradication of poliomyelitis by immunisation, a target which was to originally be achieved by the end of the year 2000. Eradication of polio is now also one of three top priorities of the World Health Organisation, along with reduction of smoking and control of malaria. Since 1988, substantial progress has been made. Mass immunisation campaigns and national immunisation days have been performed repeatedly in many countries with remarkable success—for example, the last case of polio in the Americas occurred in 1991 and the last case occurred in the Western Pacific region in 1997.

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