Working toward polio eradication in 2018

Published on February 20, 2013 at 3:09 AM · No Comments

"Since the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s, no other diseases have followed suit; the goal that has come closest so far is eradication of polio," a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial states, noting that in 2012 only about 250 people were infected with polio worldwide. However, the recent murders of polio vaccinators "highlight how a threat that for many is thankfully a distant memory -- or for younger generations in some developed countries unknown -- remains a real and present danger." The editorial continues, "The disease remains entrenched in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- where social, political, and logistical factors prevent effective vaccination campaigns and lead to export of virus to countries that have previously been free of the disease."

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