Polio's Unexpected Comeback

Yemen finds Canadian help in fighting recurrence of childhood disease

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 05/25/2005 12:00 am EDT

The global drive to wipe polio from the face of the earth has received a major setback this month. After nearly six years of being polio-free, Yemen, along with Indonesia, has reported dozens of new infections, with numbers increasing every day. Despite this recent resurgence, the World Health Assembly, the policy-setting wing of the World Health Organization, reaffirmed at its 58th assembly last week its commitment to eradicating the disease, which was hoped to be the second virus after smallpox to be eradicated, explains Dr. Abdulla Nasher, Ambassador of Yemen to Canada: "The WHO and the whole world was hoping to declare the eradication of polio from the globe. Unfortunately this has happened and now it will delay that declaration," he says.

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