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August 12/26, 2013

Security, Insecurity, and Health Workers: The Case of Polio

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, England
  • 2Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(15):1393-1394. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7191

In 1988, the World Health Assembly set the goal of eradicating polio by the year 2000. At the time, there were about 350 000 polio cases each year. Although polio has yet to be eradicated, there were only 223 polio cases worldwide in 2012—a tremendous achievement (Table).1,2 As of March 27, 2013, there had been 16 polio cases in 2013 compared with 40 in the comparable period of 2012.2