Vaccine-Derived Virus Threatens Nigeria's Polio Campaign

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A rare outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Nigeria has prompted fears that current efforts to eradicate the disease in northern part of the country could suffer a major setback. The World Health Organization says 69 children in Nigeria caught the paralyzing disease from others who had been immunized. From Kano, Gilbert da Costa reports the outbreak could reopen suspicions about Western vaccines in one of the most endemic regions.

Figures released by UNICEF indicate that for the first time since 2002, Nigeria does not have the highest number of polio cases globally.

They show an overall 80 percent decline in the number of children infected with wild polio between January and August 2007. Only 198 cases of polio have been recorded so far this year, compared with 945 cases in 2006.

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