December 17

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How to Eradicate a Disease

By Rich Sobel

December 17, 2019

diseases, eradicating, immunity, infectious diseases, polio, research, small pox, vaccines

We eradicated smallpox in 1980. What’s next?

In 1980 small pox was declared officially eradicated worldwide. In 2015, strain 2 of the polio virus was eliminated. In October, 2019, strain 3 of the polio virus was also declared eradicated by the World Health Organization. That leaves only strain 1 of the polio virus left to deal with to completely eradicate polio in our modern world.

What do we need to do to eradicate many other infectious diseases? It turns out that there are 5 conditions that need to be satisfied in order to eradicate a disease…More

Rich Sobel

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A "retired" biologist, Rich uses plain language to explore in-depth biology topics | fascinating plants and exotic creatures | health and wellness| indulge your curiosity!

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