Polio Eradication

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Setback for Polio Eradication

By | August 1st, 2013|Prevention|

As I’ve mentioned in past updates, global efforts to eradicate polio through widespread immunization campaigns have been incredibly successful. Back in May of this year, only three countries still had endemic polio cases – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Unfortunately, for the first time since 2007, wild poliovirus cases are again being reported in Somalia. Currently, [...]

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Global Polio Eradication Rounds the Bend

By | March 1st, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Public health efforts eradicated smallpox from the globe in the late 1970s.  The last naturally occurring case was in Somalia in 1977 (followed by a couple of lab accident cases in 1978).  Public health set its sites on Polio next- with an expectation that it could be eradicated before the turn of the century.  A [...]

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