Please Explain: Polio and Why It's on the Rise

Friday, May 09, 2014

Pakistan polio vaccine A Pakistani health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child during a polio immunisation campaign in Peshawar on February 2, 2014. (HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

This week, for the first time ever, the World Health Organization declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that undermines the nearly 30-year effort to eradicate disease. Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director of the Global Immunization Division in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks about the crippling disease polio, the global effort to eradicate it, and why there’s been an increase in polio infections this year in Pakistan, and a re-emergence in countries previously free of the disease, such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq.



Dr. Rebecca Martin

Comments [5]

I smell a rat; all these enemy country Muslim people are getting polio. After you had programs there and after you admitted to posing as concerned- for -peoples - health, health care workers, as a tool to catch bin laden. I would not be surprised if you're not deliberately causing outbreaks in Muslim people. I don't trust anything you say or do in this regard. In Syria hundreds of thousand of people have by a brutal regime ,for trying to topple it, and all you care about is making sure they don't escape Syria till 4 months after they get a polio vaccine. That's not the way people who care about suffering and life would talk when a holocaust is taking place.
Your whole vaccine program has been causing more cases then eradicating polio that is why you had to call for booster shots, to begin with. I would not be surprised if this, like the Tuskegee experiments, when poor blacks were deemed expendable, is not actually a program of killing people! Sorry to say, but come on; catching bin laden[a hero to many in that region] by posing as health care workers. Muslims in enemy tribal areas should now trust you?!

May. 09 2014 02:06 PM
Doreen from Queens

Is there a rise of Polio in the U.S.? With the false belief that some vaccines cause Autism, I know some parents, who then think about refusing all vaccines, not just the MMR. I heard one tell me that they know they can refuse to vaccinate if they "say" its on religious grounds.

May. 09 2014 01:54 PM
Dick Hughes from New York

As kids, in Pittsburgh, we played football on a stretch of grass next to basement windows where medical lab people were working and, on occasion, the football smacked against a window & the technicians therein "shouted" through the windows & shook their fists at us. We laughed & played on, only to find out in later years, when they designated the attendant building The Salk Instutute, that our ball was smacking up against Jonas Salk's lab where
a polio vaccine was being created. Hence, the vision in my head years later of one of the technicians holding up
a beeker with the vaccine just as our football came flying through the window & knocked it out of their hand. No,
not likely; but, it was kind of amazing how oblivious we were in our game to such an important experiment just
below our scrambling football game.- Dick Hughes

May. 09 2014 01:53 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I wonder if polio survivors could act as "ambassadors" to communities w/people suspicious of polio vaccination workers, saying, "I had this disease, this is what it did to me, the vaccine works & will keep this from happening to you"?

May. 09 2014 01:52 PM

Could your guest comment on the role that Rotary International, aided by Bill Gates, has played in the effort to eradicate polio. I believe it has been in the neighborhood of $200,000,000.

May. 09 2014 01:43 PM

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