Global eradication of polio by 2000 is not a realistic goal

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.627a (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:627
  1. John Howarth
  1. Medical director Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International), 1A Rede Place, London W2 4TU

    EDITOR,—While the eradication of polio is progressing well in many countries that are politically stable, such as India, this is not the case in areas of conflict. During an outbreak of polio in wartorn Chechnya in 1995, 143 confirmed cases of paralytic polio occurred (fig 1). Oral polio vaccine is heat …

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