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Polio surge in Nigeria after vaccine virus mutates
08-22-2009, 06:35 AM,
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Polio surge in Nigeria after vaccine virus mutates
Quote:Polio surge in Nigeria after vaccine virus mutates

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer – Fri Aug 14, 9:36 am ET

LONDON – Polio, the dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is spreading in Nigeria. And health officials say in some cases, it's caused by the vaccine used to fight it.

In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa. So far, 124 Nigerian children have been paralyzed this year — about twice those afflicted in 2008.

The polio problem is just the latest challenge to global health authorities trying to convince wary citizens that vaccines can save them from dreaded disease.

more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090814/ap_on_...d_polio_nigeria
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