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Africa now free of wild poliovirus, but polio threat remains

Health authorities on Tuesday declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease in more than a dozen countries.

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children

The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives of nearly 80 million children under the age of 1 at risk, according to a new analysis from the World Health Organization and partners.

Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program.

VIDEO: A newly discovered film shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had polio, walking

On April 22, 1935, a tourist from New York named Fred Hill waded through the crowd at the White House Easter Egg Roll, pointed his movie camera at the South Portico and captured seven seconds of history. As Hill filmed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had been disabled by polio 14 years before, emerged and – with the help of a cane and his bodyguard – walked unsteadily to wave to the crowd.

Gunmen kill anti-polio physician in northwestern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a physician who was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Police said Monday that Dr. Zaka Ullah was gunned down over the weekend, when he was returning home after evening prayers. It is unclear whether the physician was targeted for his role in the country’s anti-polio campaign.

Attack on Pakistani polio workers kills two

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan.

Society’s ills: Three health catastrophies offer swine flu clues

On Monday, the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimated that half the U.S. population could come down with swine flu, and 90,000 victims could end up dead. Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no panic necessary; the numbers may be overestimates.