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January 22, 1992

Worldwide Antipolio Campaign Strategy Evolving

JAMA. 1992;267(4):479. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480040027004

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POLIOMYELITIS eradication officials are looking forward to April, which—if no belated reports come along to spoil things—would be the anniversary of the last confirmed case of polio in Latin America in 1991.

Now, officials of the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, and the private sector—particularly the 25 500-club Rotary International organization—are focusing also on Cambodia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Year 2000 Eradication Goal  The World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio worldwide by the year 2000 (JAMA. 1992;267:15-23).One of those working toward this goal, Edward F. Rossomando, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, is reporting this month on a system to monitor sewage for presence of the polio virus. The biochemist has been testing the system in Mexico with support from the Pan American Health Organization, a regional division of the World Health Organization.

Not Just Poliomyelitis  In addition to polio,