3ec7170446f86f380e64cb21_pa671c.jpg Paul Lachine

Is Eradicating Polio a Good Idea?

The eradication of polio is a noble goal, but it is not the right one, for it is too costly - and, more importantly, it cannot be achieved. The best that can be done is to seek to control polio, and to hope that politics, economics, and ethics allow us to get that far.

PHILADELPHIA – Polio broke out in Central Asia this year, with 560 cases reported in Tajikistan. Cases have also been diagnosed in Russia and Uzbekistan, apparently transmitted by infected but asymptomatic people traveling from Tajikistan.