More polio workers killed than reported cases of disease, NPR reports

Published on February 14, 2013 at 4:46 AM · No Comments

"The global effort to eradicate polio has reached a bizarre stage: More people have been gunned down recently over the disease than actually infected with it," NPR's "Shots" blog reports. "On Friday, nine polio vaccinators in northern Nigeria were shot dead and their clinics were torched," the blog writes, adding, "The attack in Nigeria come just on the heels of similar ones in Pakistan, when gunmen killed at least eight people involved in anti-polio campaigns in December." But "[a]s deadly attacks on polio vaccinators are escalating, the number of new polio cases has dropped dramatically," NPR states, noting there were 716 polio cases in 2011, 222 last year, and only one reported so far this year.

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