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1 Of 2 Remaining Types Of Polio Virus May Be Eliminated In Pakistan (press release)

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But researchers, reporting at ASTMH annual meeting, also cite barriers to complete elimination from a surge of cases in Nigeria to intensifying vaccine refusals in Pakistan

Polio cases worldwide reached historic lows in 2012, and for the first time there were no new outbreaks beyond countries already harboring the disease, leaving researchers confident that a massive and re-energized international campaign to eradicate polio is on a path to success, according to presentations today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

Globally there were 177 polio cases through October 2012, a drop from 502 during the same period last year.

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