"Pakistan once had plenty of company in battling the polio scourge. As recently as 1988, the disease was endemic to 125 countries, paralyzing or killing 350,000 people each year--mostly children. Thanks to exhaustive medical, philanthropic and political teamwork, the virus has been routed, corralled into only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In 2012, there were only 215 cases worldwide. Only one other time in human history has a disease--smallpox--been wiped out in the wild. Polio, that fearsome crippler of children, scourge of peasants and Presidents, could soon become the second, unless the entire crusade, so close to completion, itself becomes a casualty of war."
Five children experienced sudden paralysis, but all had been vaccinated against polio
As of today, India has been polio-free for three years — but the virus is on its borders and could return at anytime
Officials still concerned about polio in eastern province
Virus' strain linked to cases detected in Chad in 2011
Viruses cross borders invisibly and dangerously. The fighting in Syria has made that especially easy for polio.
Region's largest-ever consolidated immunization response
On World Polio Day, despite efforts to eradicate the disease, cases are re-emerging in war-torn Syria. Public health officials warned this week that Syria may...
Immunization has plummeted because of violence
(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) — A Pakistani police official says an attack on a team of polio workers has killed two people, revising a higher toll that was initially...
A sprawling country with a massive population pulled off one of the greatest public health coups in history