Politics and rumors in Nigeria are threatening to derail efforts to
finally eradicate poliomyelitis around the world.
Smallpox is the only disease that has been completely banished from
nature, and the goal of repeating such success with polio is tantalizingly
close. In the past, polio paralyzed more than 350 000 children in more
than 125 countries annually. Last year, the disease was limited to just six
countries—Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan—and
affected only 758 individuals.
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