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Nigeria’s Polio Infrastructure Repurposed To Address Ebola Outbreak

NPR: It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola
“Nigeria has been a stubborn hot spot of polio — and that turned out to be a good thing when it came time to fight Ebola. In late July, a patient with the deadly Ebola virus arrived from Liberia. Health workers knew what to do. The country has created a massive public health effort to wipe out polio; institutions and strategies were repurposed to fight Ebola. On the other hand, anti-polio efforts in the countries hit hardest by Ebola are on hold — and that could lead to disaster…” (Silberner, 11/3).

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