Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Conversation Explainer: ridding the world of polio

SPHPM's Prof Robert Hall writes about polio in The Conversation this week. Read the full article at The Conversation here.

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral disease that can lead to incurable paralysis. The World Health Organisation is coordinating a programme to eradicate this disease from the face of the earth, and we are very close to achieving this goal.

But polio is still not adequately controlled in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. The eradication program will remain at risk until all countries have eliminated the virus.

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