Could polio soon meet the same end as smallpox?

01/3/2013 | ·

Despite the recent murders of 16 health workers associated with anti-polio efforts in Pakistan, eradication of the disease appears "tantalizingly close," writes Jeffrey Kluger. "Just 25 years ago, polio was endemic to 125 countries and would paralyze or kill up to 350,000 people -- the overwhelming majority of them children -- each year. Now the disease has been run to ground in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and in 2012, it struck only 215 people worldwide," Kluger writes.

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