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.
Mitka M. Polio Eradication Goal Still Elusive. JAMA. 2004;292(15):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1805