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Post  polka23dot on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:19 am

In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria it is difficult for health workers to administer vaccinations without endangering their own lives. source: http://www.policymic.com/articles/34153/why-is-polio-still-a-problem-in-pakistan-blame-the-taliban

The al Shabaab opposition to polio vaccinations has led to another outbreak of the disease. The first case was detected in Kenya two months ago when a Somali child in a refugee camp came down with it. Five years ago the UN announced that a ten year effort to eradicate polio (by vaccinating nearly every child under five) had succeeded, and that Somalia was free of the paralyzing (and often fatal) disease (which can only survive in humans). But to make that eradication permanent follow-up vaccinations had to be given and al Shabaab interfered with that. So in the last two months at least 25 kids in Somalia and six in Kenyan refugee camps have come down with the disease. Polio should have been eliminated world-wide by now, but there has been resistance from Islamic clergy in some countries, who insist the vaccinations are a Western plot to sterilize Moslem children. This has enabled polio to survive in some Moslem countries (especially Nigeria and Pakistan). source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20130715.aspx

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