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Polio: The Disease Nigeria Can't Seem to Shake

Rebecca Keller
Senior Science and Technology Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 28, 2016 | 13:01 GMT
A health care worker administers an oral dose of polio vaccine to a child in northern Nigeria.
A health care worker administers an oral dose of polio vaccine to a child in northern Nigeria.
(AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

When examining outbreaks and epidemics from a geopolitical perspective, we often look at how the disease in question might disrupt economic activities, such as workforce productivity or the movement of people and goods. From there, we determine whether the impact of the disease will be notable enough to influence political, economic or social decisions. But in the case of polio, perhaps the more relevant question is how those decisions have aided -- or prevented -- the virus's eradication....

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