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Poor, young battle Polio in Yemen

Reader comment on item: A Conspiracy Theory Spreads Polio

Submitted by Sophie (Canada), Oct 5, 2005 at 06:12

The Yemen cases all stem from an outbreak in Nigeria two years ago, which occured after Islamic clerics urged parents to boycott the vaccine for fear it was part of an American anti-Muslim plot. The polio that then erupted in Nigeria spread first to Chad then to nearby Sudan and then across the Red Sea into Saudi Arabian and Yemen.
In some cases, the virus was carried by jobseekers and in others by Muslim pilgrims.
ON THE MARK Mr. Daniel Pipes

Sincerely, Sophie.


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