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08 November 2013

Polio in the news again @NPR

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Polio In The Middle East And Africa Could Threaten Europe

More news out of Syria (and elsewhere); more cases of polio are being confirmed. As Beaubin’s article also mentions, the emergence of polio in the Middle East and Africa can have larger geopolitical consequences as much of Europe because of the type of vaccine Europeans have used to quell the disease. Given the increased migration of individuals from places like Syria and Somalia outside of their own borders, once can easily see how polio could once again become a global health concern.

Speaking of global health concerns, please peruse the Global Health section of NPR’s website. There’s lots of good coverage of polio, cholera, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and more that you can use to bolster your knowledge in this area of world politics.