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Medical News and Perspectives
October 20, 2004

Polio Eradication Goal Still Elusive

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1805

As World Polio Day is remembered on October 24, public health workers find themselves tantalizingly close to eradicating the disease, yet frustratingly stymied in their efforts to do so.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988 with a deadline to vaccinate all children around the world by 2000 and to make poliomyelitis the second disease (after smallpox) that has been eradicated worldwide. Setbacks pushed that deadline back to 2005, but initiative officials were confident the goal would be reached.

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