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    Polio Nearly Eradicated

    There have been only 16 reported cases of polio so far this year, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. That is compared to 40 at this time last year. All reported cases this year have been from endemic countries, meaning that the disease is not being imported anywhere, a great sign. There are only three endemic countries left, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern Nigeria. All endemic areas are deeply Islamic.

    Of the three serotypes, only one is still extant, having just eliminated the third serotype in Pakistani sewers. Type 2 went extinct in 1999 in India. This makes targeted vaccinations easier. Still, the campaign must be as tenacious as ever. Letting off the pedal now would undo years of work, as happened in the early 2000s. While there have been targeted killings of vaccine workers by Islamic extremists, progress is still being made. Kudos to those brave vaccine workers!!

    Once there are no more cases, the world must wait three years to be certified free. Polio would be the second infectious disease of humans to be eradicated.

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    Re: Polio Nearly Eradicated

    Thanks JockBoy for the update... it's been a tremendous effort so let's hope in the relatively near future we will all know that polio has finally been eradicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausy View Post
    Thanks JockBoy for the update... it's been a tremendous effort so let's hope in the relatively near future we will all know that polio has finally been eradicated.
    I don't see why at the current rate the disease won't be limited to a few villages by the end of this year, and cease reported cases by the end of 2014.

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    It's amazing that mankind can be so co-ordinated and globally effective that such eradication can occur. It shows what humans are really capable of.

    I've encountered a few people who are against immunising their children, and I quite frankly let them have it. It's disgusting to think that we have the power to eradicate horrific diseases and people can still be so ignorant and self-motivated that they would not be a part of such amazing work. They jeopardise all that has gone before them, putting the potential lives of millions in more danger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andysayshi View Post
    It's amazing that mankind can be so co-ordinated and globally effective that such eradication can occur. It shows what humans are really capable of.
    When enough people care. It has cost over $8 billion in private and public moneys to get this disease down to one case per week. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $1.6 billion of that. [link]

    I've encountered a few people who are against immunising their children, and I quite frankly let them have it. It's disgusting to think that we have the power to eradicate horrific diseases and people can still be so ignorant and self-motivated that they would not be a part of such amazing work. They jeopardise all that has gone before them, putting the potential lives of millions in more danger.[/QUOTE]

    When parents refuse to immunize their children from communicable diseases, they put the entire community at risk. Fortunately, they are small enough in number that herd immunity keeps everyone safe, for now...

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    Re: Polio Nearly Eradicated

    Awesome news. I hope I live to see more success stories like this.

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    Fingers Crossed!

    I'm not confident though that polio will ever be eradicated entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    Fingers Crossed!

    I'm not confident though that polio will ever be eradicated entirely.
    I'll bet people said that about smallpox, but we are down to one reported case a week. That's amazing considering it used to be several hundred per week twenty years ago when the campaign started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andysayshi View Post
    It's amazing that mankind can be so co-ordinated and globally effective that such eradication can occur. It shows what humans are really capable of.

    I've encountered a few people who are against immunising their children, and I quite frankly let them have it. It's disgusting to think that we have the power to eradicate horrific diseases and people can still be so ignorant and self-motivated that they would not be a part of such amazing work. They jeopardise all that has gone before them, putting the potential lives of millions in more danger.
    You're far too polite.

    The last time I ran into a mother who refused to have her kids immunized, I asked loudly and publicly if she also made them sleep in the dirt and wear animal skins.

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    Re: Polio Nearly Eradicated

    That's great news, thanks. I have one question. Why is Islam against immunization?
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    Quote Originally Posted by White Eagle View Post
    That's great news, thanks. I have one question. Why is Islam against immunization?
    It isn't, but Islamic extremism is the main reason why polio still exists.

    Isolation is only one factor as to why the remaining regions still have polio. There are lots of other rural and socially backwards parts of the world who have been long rid of this disease. The damage is caused by a few loudmouth clerics who warn people that the immunization project is an attempt to sterilize or otherwise infiltrate Islamic society with western values.

    Because those regions are so isolated, the people do not know whom to trust. When you have had no education in your entire life, it may not be obvious that the health workers are right, and the crazy clerics wrong.

    Particularly harmful was a series of sermons delivered in northern Nigeria in 2003 when polio was nearly eradicated there. Violence sprang up and they had to stop immunization. It has taken ten years to get back to where we were. Hopefully, it doesn't happen again.

    Violence is still a problem, but immune workers are doing a very brave job of continuing anyway, seeing as we are down to one reported case a week.

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    Re: Polio Nearly Eradicated

    One such example published Dec. 19, 2012.
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan Gunmen shot dead a woman working on U.N.-backed polio vaccination efforts and her driver in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, just a day after similar attacks across the country killed five female polio workers. . . .

    . . . The Taliban has spread accusations that the U.N. health workers are actually acting as spies for the U.S., and that the vaccine is really a ploy to render Muslim children sterile.

    "It's a very grim situation," a government official in the provincial government where the attacks occurred told CBS News on Wednesday. "The Taliban are making certain that this (anti-polio) campaign fails completely." . . .

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    ^^^

    You can clearly see in Pakistan that the Taliban are killing polio workers to frustrate western goals. It is all a game to them. Sick. The problem is, it's their own children who are being paralyzed, not children in the west. True, the rest of the world is pouring billions into vaccination so the last petri dishes of polio do not spread into other countries, but those are non-western countries too, who hate the US almost as much as the Taliban. Nobody wins, except another notch on the Taliban's senseless kill count.

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    Yes, sick indeed.
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    Re: Polio Nearly Eradicated

    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    ^^^

    You can clearly see in Pakistan that the Taliban are killing polio workers to frustrate western goals. It is all a game to them. Sick. The problem is, it's their own children who are being paralyzed, not children in the west. True, the rest of the world is pouring billions into vaccination so the last petri dishes of polio do not spread into other countries, but those are non-western countries too, who hate the US almost as much as the Taliban. Nobody wins, except another notch on the Taliban's senseless kill count.
    Yes. The Taliban are the disease that needs curing, so polio can be finished off.

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    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    Yes. The Taliban are the disease that needs curing, so polio can be finished off.
    The irony is that there has only been one case this year in Afghanistan, one of the three remaining endemic countries, and that case was in January. We could be looking at cessation of transmission in Afghanistan right now, while the Taliban is usually associated most with Afghanistan.

    The Taliban is also very active in Pakistan, in an exile of sorts, but Pakistan is not much worse than Afghanistan in terms of polio transmission. The country is only reporting one or two a month, meaning the last reservoir of the polio virus in Asia is drawing its last breaths.

    With 11 reported cases occurring in Nigeria this year, that is enough to seriously threaten the central African population still. It only takes a few defecations containing polio to place a whole region at risk. Last year, there was importations into Chad, and in previous years, other countries as well. Of course, it makes sense that Nigeria will probably be the last country. The terrorists are more effective at scaring people about the vaccine.

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    There is a risk that polio could re-emerge at some time in the future, because it exists in numerous stock virus cultures stored in laboratories (including cultures of viruses other than poliovirus), in tissue samples from animals used in research (notably macaques), and even the central nervous system of persons with a prior history of poliomyelitis (polio).

    Hiding polioviruses (The Lancet, June 2003)

    The UK National Survey of Polioviruses in Laboratories (Public Health England, 2001-2010)

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    Quote Originally Posted by opinterph View Post
    There is a risk that polio could re-emerge at some time in the future, because it exists in numerous stock virus cultures stored in laboratories (including cultures of viruses other than poliovirus), in tissue samples from animals used in research (notably macaques), and even the central nervous system of persons with a prior history of poliomyelitis (polio).

    Hiding polioviruses (The Lancet, June 2003)

    The UK National Survey of Polioviruses in Laboratories (Public Health England, 2001-2010)
    WHO certification commissions require three years without reports of polio before a region or country may be declared free of the disease [link], probably due to the reasons you have given here. The WHO has also adopted policies to mitigate the risk of reintroduction from oral polio vaccines and laboratory derived reintroducton [pdf].

    Obviously, once the world is certified free, the need for vaccination will be reduced to laboratory workers. However, some countries may maintain outdated policies requiring the vaccination of children, which is most often accomplished with the risky oral version in the third world. The cheaper orally administered version of the virus in rare cases can revert to an infectious form.

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