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Medical News and Perspectives
April 28, 2004

Vaccine Rumors, Funding Shortfall Threaten to Derail Global Polio Eradication Efforts

JAMA. 2004;291(16):1947-1948. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1947

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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