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The Networks of Women Behind the Polio Vaccine

Stephanie Martin Lady Science
The polio vaccine highlights the networks of women—some scientists, some not, some named, and some not—who made the laborious, costly, and difficult work of vaccine development possible.

The Truth About the Measles - The return of the world's most contagious disease.

Annie Sparrow This article appeared in the March 23-30, 2015 edition of The Nation.
Measles, like polio and smallpox, is a horrible disease - it's still a major killer of young children in the developing world. The creation of a vaccine was widely welcomed. Measles is so contagious that it is used as the indicator disease to show deficits in immunization coverage of all vaccine-preventable diseases-which means the problem goes well beyond measles. We are now seeing outbreaks of whooping cough in the US, mumps in Britain and tuberculosis more widely.

The Surge

Matthieu Aikins Wired Science
In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide. Last year there were 223. But getting all the way to zero will mean spending billions of dollars, penetrating the most remote regions of the globe, and facing down Taliban militants to get to the last unprotected children on Earth.

Polio's Moving Target

In 2012 Ewen Callaway travelled to Northern Nigeria to learn more about the global polio eradication effort. Nature Video joins him on the search to find one of the virus' last remaining strongholds in remote nomadic communities that the vaccines couldn't reach.

Polio's Moving Target

Ewen Callaway Nature
Finding and vaccinating Nigerian nomads may be one of the last obstacles to the eradication of polio. Remote settlements in northern Nigeria remain a challenge for vaccine workers.
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