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Polio Nearly Beaten

Sun, 25th Nov 2001

Part of the show Cancer and Chemotherapy

With only 2320 cases last year, Polio is close to being eradicated worldwide, according to a report in the journal Tropical Medicine this week. As well as preventing suffering, disability and death, particularly in the 3rd World, the eradication of Polio will save about 1 billion Pounds per year which is the amount currently being spent vaccinating people against the virus. This money could usefully be spent tackling other 3rd World diseases, including vitamin A deficiency, Hepatitis B infection. HIV, Malaria and TB.

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