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Nigeria Nears Full Year With No New Cases Of Polio

NPR: Polio Is Active In Only 3 Countries. Soon It Could Be Down To 2 “Nigeria is on the verge of being polio-free. And that would mean that for the first time ever there’s no ongoing polio transmission on the African continent. Nigeria is one of just three countries in…

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Deutsche Welle Examines Impact Of U.S.-Led Efforts To Identify Osama Bin Laden On Pakistani Polio Vaccination Campaigns

Deutsche Welle: The ‘bin Laden hunt doctor’ case and its impact on polio vaccinations “Initially sentenced to 33 years in prison for being a member of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant group based in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency tribal area, Shakil Afridi is better known for his alleged involvement in a fake hepatitis…

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Dengue Outbreak, Threat Of Polio Resurgence Compound Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen, U.N. Warns

Agence France-Presse: U.N. appeals for Yemen ceasefire as famine looms “The U.N. envoy for Yemen on Wednesday urged warring sides to agree to a ceasefire as fighting pushed the poor Arab country closer to famine and deeper into humanitarian crisis. … Some 80 percent of Yemen’s population — 21 million…

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Global Surveillance Of Asymptomatic Polio Needed To Truly Eradicate Disease, Study Suggests

VOA News: ‘Silent’ Polio Cases Could Reignite Epidemics, Study Warns “Only a few hundred cases of paralytic polio still exist worldwide, thanks to massive vaccination campaigns. But a new study concludes that so-called silent cases of polio can infect populations for years, threatening to reignite disease epidemics. … Writing in…

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Nigeria Approaches One Year Without Polio Case, Continues Oral Vaccination Campaigns

Agence France-Presse: Nigeria makes final push to stamp out polio “Health workers move from door to door in the rural Sumaila district of Kano state, northern Nigeria, administering oral polio vaccines to children under five. It could be any other vaccination drive but the program has extra importance in Nigeria,…

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GPEI Should ‘Move Forward With Creativity And Unrelenting Determination,’ U.S. Support

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Polio Panel Warns Against Program Complacency Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) May 2015 report, writing, “…While the polio program is experiencing…

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Pakistan Sees 70% Drop In Polio Cases As Previously Inaccessible Areas Open To Vaccination Programs

Agence France-Presse: Pakistan sees major drop in polio cases “Pakistan has seen a major fall in polio cases this year, officials said Thursday, as a military operation has allowed vaccinators to reach areas previously off-limits because of militant attacks. The World Health Organization (WHO) said there had been 24 cases…

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Pakistani Army’s Campaign Against Militants Also Helps Improve Polio Eradication Efforts

Los Angeles Times: Pakistan’s campaign against militants curbs another menace: polio “The Pakistani army’s nearly yearlong campaign against Islamist militants in the northern tribal belt has its skeptics, but one area where experts say its effect has been unmistakable is in battling polio. Six cases have been reported this year…

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Science Magazine Examines Measles Eradication Efforts, Feasibility

Science: Is measles next? “Before the polio virus is even in the grave, a small cadre of disease fighters is itching to set the next global eradication target: measles. … Skeptics question whether a measles initiative would fall down the same rabbit hole as did the polio effort, which has…

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U.N. Aims To Reach Almost 5.7M Iraqi Children In Polio Vaccination Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children “Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations [Tuesday] launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to…

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