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Nurses give the oral polio vaccine to a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Turkey. The oral polio vaccine used throughout most of the developing world contains a form of the virus that has been weakened in the laboratory. But it's still a live virus. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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A health official inks a child's finger to indicate she has received a polio vaccine last month at a camp of people displaced by Islamist extremists in Nigeria. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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How Boko Haram Is Keeping Polio Alive In Nigeria

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Gautam Lewis, now 39, poses with some of the photographs he has taken that trace the life and work of Mother Teresa, who took him in when he was 3. The images are part of an exhibition Lewis has staged in Kolkata as an homage to the woman he calls his "second mother." Rohan Chakravarty for NPR hide caption

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Mother Teresa Made Him Believe He Could Fly — And He Did

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Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu was paralyzed by polio in 2012. David P. Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Polio Rears Its Head Again In Africa

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A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to students in Peshawar, Pakistan, in March. Polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations. Mohammad Sajjad/AP hide caption

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Measles, the reorganization of the World Health Organization and the Zika virus could all make global health headlines in 2016. Rich Pedroncelli, Raphael Satter, Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Ukrainian deputy minister of health Igor Pereginets holds a 2-year-old getting a polio vaccination in Kiev on October 21 — part of a campaign launched after two cases were reported in September. Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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April 1959: Bottles containing the polio vaccine. M. McKeown/Getty Images hide caption

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The Oral Polio Vaccine Can Go 'Feral,' But WHO Vows to Tame It

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