Polio http://www.kunc.org en They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 http://www.kunc.org/post/they-shot-zero-couldnt-squash-polio-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind numbers, ranging from zero to 1 trillion. </em><p>The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world during one year was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number.<p>But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 52819 at http://www.kunc.org They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa http://www.kunc.org/post/violence-chaos-let-polio-creep-back-syria-and-horn-africa <strong>Update on Thursday<strong>, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. ET:</strong></strong><p><blockquote><p>A spokesman for the World Health Organization <a href="../blogs/health/2013/10/31/242150843/polio-has-not-returned-to-south-sudan?live=1">said Thursday</a> that it was mistaken about the polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. The virus has been detected in Kenya and Ethiopia this year. But South Sudan has not recorded a polio case since 2009.<p></blockquote><p>Global efforts to eradicate polio have made impressive progress over the past decade. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51344 at http://www.kunc.org Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa How The World Backed Polio Into A Corner http://www.kunc.org/post/how-world-backed-polio-corner The world is close to eliminating polio once and for all.<p>Just a few decades ago, polio was crippling more than a thousand children each day. Now the paralyzing virus is endemic to only three countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:49:00 +0000 51240 at http://www.kunc.org How The World Backed Polio Into A Corner First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria http://www.kunc.org/post/first-polio-cases-1999-suspected-syria The World Health Organization is investigating a cluster of possible polio cases in an eastern province of Syria.<p>If the cases are confirmed, they'd be the first ones in the war-torn nation in more than a decade. The country eliminated polio in 1999.<p>Syria used to have one of the highest polio vaccination rates in the region. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:27:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51004 at http://www.kunc.org First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids http://www.kunc.org/post/keep-polio-bay-israel-revaccinates-million-kids Israel is in the midst of a massive, emergency immunization drive of all children under the age of 9 against polio.<p>Why?<p>Health workers detected the virus in southern Israel in February. Since then, they've found it in 85 different sewage samples across the country, the <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/">Global Polio Eradication Initiative</a> said Wednesday. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 49088 at http://www.kunc.org To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids