Vaccine Misinformation Contributing To Refusal To Receive Polio Vaccination In Pakistan, Rise In Case Numbers For 2019
Los Angeles Times: Polio was nearly extinct. Then the anti-vaxx movement reached Pakistan
“…Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it is being driven by some of the same forces spreading measles in the United States. Two years after health officials declared they were on the verge of eradicating the crippling childhood disease from Pakistan, one of the last countries where it remains endemic, at least 58 children here have tested positive for the virus since January. That is nearly five times the total of all of last year, and the most in a calendar year since 2014 — a major setback for a $1-billion-a-year global eradication campaign…” (Bengali/Ali, 9/5).