War and live-virus vaccines allow polio to persist

07/20/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Polio has been nearly eradicated, but fighting on the Afghan-Pakistan border and mutated live vaccine viruses have allowed recent outbreaks in Tajikistan, Nigeria, Congo, Somalia, India and Ethiopia. Vaccines using killed virus are expensive, so aggressive oral vaccination currently is the most sensible solution, experts say.

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