GLOBAL UPDATE; POLIO: Setbacks in a Mostly Successful Fight To Eliminate a Paralyzing Disease

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Health, International, Politics, Region, Tajikistan
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The battle to eliminate polio, which has been more than 99 percent successful and has hovered on the verge of victory for a decade, has sustained new setbacks.

There has been an outbreak of more than 300 cases in Tajikistan this year. (Tajikistan is just north of Afghanistan, and fighting on the Afghan-Pakistan border between the United States and the Taliban has let the disease surge in both countries.) Cases in the two permanent hot spots, Nigeria and India, are down but not eliminated, and the two continue to seed outbreaks in neighboring countries.

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