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Global Health Community Cautiously Optimistic On Polio Eradication By 2019 After Elimination Of Type 3 Wild Virus

Devex: Time for cautious optimism on a polio-free future
“A quarter of a century ago, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization set out on a quest to stamp out polio throughout the world. … The global health community is optimistic about achieving full, worldwide eradication by 2019, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative…” (Santamaria, 11/24).

New York Times: A Step Closer to the Defeat of Polio
“Three years have passed since a case of Type 3 wild polio virus has been detected in the world, which means that particular viral subtype has most likely disappeared forever, the World Health Organization announced this month. Its demise could speed up the drive to eliminate polio, which has gone on for 27 years and now costs more than $1 billion a year…” (McNeil, 11/23).

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