The last case of polio in Cyprus caused by a wild-type poliovirus occurred in 1995. Since then Cyprus belongs to the countries considered poliovirus-free by the WHO. The aim of this study was to confirm the absence of any circulating wild-type polioviruses and to monitor vaccine-derived polioviruses in Cyprus by analysis of sewages. During the course of this study no wild-type polioviruses were identified, although the identification of viable oral poliovirus vaccine isolates confirmed the presence and circulation of poliovirus vaccine strains in sewage in Cyprus.
2005 Poliovirus eradication: poliovirus presence in Cyprus 2 years after
Jan Richter, Stavros Bashiardes, Dana Koptides, Christina Tryfonos, Nikolas Pissarides, Niki Stavrou, Georgos T. Papageorgiou, Christina Christodoulou; 2005 Poliovirus eradication: poliovirus presence in Cyprus 2 years after. Water Sci Technol 1 August 2008; 58 (3): 647–651. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2008.425
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