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2007: a review of notable public health issues

A child being given polio drop
WHO/Christopher Black

Polio eradication progress

Following intensive work this year, cases of type 1 polio - the type that is more paralytic and prone to spread - are down by 80% in 2007 compared to the same time in 2006. Each of the four remaining endemic countries - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan - is making progress against the disease. Afghanistan and Pakistan, with WHO and partners, waged repeated, synchronized attacks on the virus: in April alone, 40 million children were vaccinated over five days in both countries. Despite significant new contributions to the campaign, an additional US$ 265 million is needed through 2008.

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