Syria polio outbreak a heartbreaking setback in struggle against merciless virus

November 3, 2013 9:58 AM

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Syria polio outbreak a heartbreaking setback in struggle against merciless virus

Teams of volunteers are being sent to seven Middle Eastern countries to vaccinate people against polio after an outbreak in eastern Syria paralyzed at least 10 young children.

The outbreak is an unsettling setback in efforts to eradicate the disease and a reminder that the toll of war can include more than those killed or hurt directly by conflict. It’s also a warning of just how hard it can be to eradicate any disease — even one like polio that should be, in theory, easy...

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