Polio: Eradicating an Old-School Virus in the Modern Day
When was the last time you were concerned that you might catch the deadly Poliovirus? If you are an American citizen, you’re most likely in the fortunate position of having never worried about it at all. Such was not always the case. Known most commonly as “Polio”, the illness once ravaged the United States, peaking at almost 60,000 cases during the Polio Epidemic of 1952. After the release of the vaccine in 1955, the country has been virtually polio-free. The same cannot be said for other countries around the world. In Nigeria, the spread of malignant misinformation about the danger of vaccines has left the citizens vulnerable. Starting in 2013, Muhammad Ali Pate, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, believed he could cease the spread of Polio amongst his people, but a long history of ignorance and violence stands in his way.