USA TODAY Examines Resurgence Of Polio In Some Muslim-Majority Countries

“Once close to eradication worldwide, the dreaded disease polio is resurfacing in Muslim-majority countries where vaccinations are hard to come by due to war, religious edicts and ignorance, experts say,” USA TODAY reports. The newspaper highlights outbreaks of the disease and efforts to immunize children in countries such as Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Nigeria. “Polio outbreaks have been growing in Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia, and people from those countries have traveled and spread it elsewhere,” the newspaper writes, adding, “Not all countries check for polio vaccinations among foreign visitors from countries where polio is considered endemic” (Teepu, 11/30).

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