Polio Declared Global Health Emergency

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May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The spread of polio to countries previously considered free of the crippling disease is a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said, as the virus once driven to the brink of extinction mounts a comeback. Yang Yang reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg)

Six months ago, polio was isolated to pakistan and nigeria.

Since then, the world health organization reported they are seeing a global disturbance as civil war and unrest disrupted vaccination campaigns.

10 countries are infected with the virus.

One of the countries posing the greatest risk of exporting the disease to other countries.

There has been a seven -- 74 cases including in pakistan.

This was supposed to be polio's low season, raising concerns cases could spike in the coming months.

The world health organization in a statement today declared a global health emergency and that the international spread of polio today in 2014 cost is an extraordinary event and, if unchecked, the situation could result in a failure to eradicate globally one of the world's most serious vaccine preventable diseases.

This has been a decade-long international battle.

And a personalized priority for bill gates.

The program is backed by the gates foundation and set a goal of complete eradication by 2018 and march no word yet on how the current resurgence might that the date back.

Thank you.

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