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WHO Official Says Polio Will Be Eradicated Despite Setback In Nigeria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Polio will be eradicated Michael Zaffran, director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization, writes that Nigeria’s recently reported cases of poliovirus are “a setback in the global effort to eradicate polio once and for all. But as Nigeria is again classified…

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Final Steps In Polio Eradication Outlined In Recent GPEI Report

CIDRAP News: Last steps in polio eradication prove challenging “…Now, a report by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) sheds light on the last hurdles researchers and scientists must jump before they can say polio is banished from the earth. The report, ‘Polio will…

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Event Highlights Challenges To Polio Eradication, Especially In Conflict Settings

Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).

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International Community Must Continue Global Progress Toward Polio Eradication

TIME: Erna Solberg: U.N. Must Work to Eradicate Polio for Good Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway and co-chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group “…The eradication of polio has the potential to yield substantial financial benefits. Moreover, the infrastructure put in place to ensure the…

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Health Officials Plan Polio Immunization Campaign In 4 Countries After Disease Re-Emerges In Nigeria

NPR: Nigeria Has To Wipe Out Polio — Again “…Last year, the World Health Organization declared the country to be ‘polio-free.’ That milestone meant the disease was gone from the entire continent of Africa, a major triumph in the multibillion-dollar global effort to eradicate the disease. But … [t]hree new…

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Global Polio Experts Reassess Prevention, Detection Strategies Following Detection Of 3 Polio Cases In Nigeria

Science: Nigeria outbreak forces rethink of polio strategies “Hit with a report of a third case of polio in northern Nigeria, leaders of the global eradication effort are asking themselves how they could have been so terribly wrong about the country. … The beleaguered Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is…

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Emergency Polio Immunization Campaign Targets 25M Children In Nigeria; WHO Confirms 3rd Case In Country

Associated Press: WHO confirms 3rd case of polio in Nigeria, Rotary Club says “The World Health Organization has confirmed a third case of polio in an area of Nigeria newly liberated from Boko Haram Islamic extremists, the Rotary Club said Monday, amid fears the disease could resurge in neighboring countries…”…

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NYT Examines Current Zika, Polio Outbreaks In Light Of New York’s 1916 Polio Epidemic

New York Times: In Reaction to Zika Outbreak, Echoes of Polio “…Now that the Zika virus has landed in the continental United States, and now that polio has re-emerged in Africa after two years without a case, it may be instructive to look back at New York’s early [polio] epidemic.…

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WHO, Partners To Launch 5-Nation Polio Vaccine Campaign Following Outbreak In Nigeria

Motherboard: Boko Haram Has Prevented Nigeria From Eliminating Polio “…[N]ews broke on [August 11] that two cases of polio had been found in children living in the northern state of Borno, the birthplace of militant group Boko Haram. It was a setback for Nigeria’s program, but also a stark and…

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After 2 Years With No Cases, Nigeria Records 2 Polio Cases In Children

Associated Press: Nigeria reports first 2 cases of polio in years, WHO says “Nigeria has reported the first two cases of polio after more than two years, in an area newly liberated from Islamic extremists who attacked polio vaccinators in the past, the government and the World Health Organization said…

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