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Polio is Back

Syria has confirmed that it has 12 cases of Polio indicating a major outbreak as the national vaccination program has effectively been crippled by warfare.

Especially with anti-vaccination concerns in places like Northern Africa and places like Yemen, there is a rather large worry that this could spread and overturn genuine progress made in fighting the disease.

And while the origin of this polio raises questions (where did it come from?) the fact remains that Polio is out of it’s bag in one part of the world and the transmission of refugees mean it probably won’t stay there for long.

As casualties and victims of war go this is a rather tame one but must all casualties of war be bullet and explosive based?

Comments

  1. Dunc says

    I’m pretty sure that the historical norm is for far more people to die of disease and starvation as a direct result of war than to be killed by enemy action.

  2. Al Dente says

    During the American Civil War, more soldiers died of disease than were killed in combat or died of wounds.

  3. Holms says

    And while the origin of this polio raises questions (where did it come from?) the fact remains that Polio is out of it’s bag in one part of the world and the transmission of refugees mean it probably won’t stay there for long.

    It was never completely eradicated. The campaign is ongoing and (according to the well known Polio expert Dr. Wiki) is being hampered by – actually, just read it here.

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