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Challenges Persist In Polio Eradication Efforts, With New Cases Detected In Afghanistan, Pakistan

STAT: Despite high hopes for polio eradication, discouraging news is piling up
“Every year for the past few years, supporters of the global effort to wipe out polio have made an optimistic declaration: This could be the year that polio ends. … But just three months into 2018, the projection is less rosy. Eight cases of polio have already been reported, in Afghanistan and Pakistan … At least some leaders of the eradication campaign have already started making mental preparations for the possibility that 2018 may not be the year the world licks polio…” (Branswell, 4/12).

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