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Can Polio Be Eradicated For Good?

Posted on by Curt Shannon

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is completely preventable through vaccination. In fact, polio was eradicated in the Americas by 1994 through large scale vaccination efforts. Now, partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are stepping up to take down polio worldwide. You can learn more in the latest post on Public Health Matters http://go.usa.gov/N1s.

Posted on by Curt Shannon

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    If a fast developing country like India with one of the largest population and diverse cultures, migration, poverty, Illiteracy,moderate health infrastructure can get rid of polio, every other country in the world can do it. What is needed is a firm resolve, dedication and implementation of proven strategies which will fulfill the dream of polio eradication.

    With the worldwide destabilization that came with the end of the Cold War, and resulting rise of multiple Third World conflicts, it is doubtful polio can be eradicated worldwide. Too many areas exist outside the control of national governments and their health systems.

    In spite of very challenging circumstances, the recent success in India shows that eradication is possible. As recently as 2009, India had more cases of polio than the other three endemic countries combined, but India has not seen a case of polio since January 13, 2011. A number of scientists, physicians, and others, including volunteers, have committed themselves to the goal of eradicating polio. We know that this is an extensive challenge but together we are working to make polio eradication a reality.

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