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NPR’s ‘Shots’ Presents Timeline Of Global Polio Response

NPR’s “Shots” blog examines global efforts against polio in an interactive timeline. “Just a few decades ago, polio was crippling more than a thousand children each day. Now the paralyzing virus is endemic to only three countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. And there were just 223 cases globally last year,” the blog writes. “Until the transmission of poliovirus is stopped in endemic countries, the threat of outbreaks in other areas of the world remains,” NPR notes, adding, “Nevertheless, health leaders are aiming to eradicate polio completely by 2018” (Oshinsky, 10/27).