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Dr. Peter Hotez comments in a radio interview on the recent spread of polio in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

"The World Health Organization is calling the recent spread of polio in Asia, Africa and the Middle East an international public health emergency.  The WHO released a statement that calls the number of reported cases of polio so far in 2014 an “extraordinary event” that requires a coordinated international response.  It says if polio continues to spread, it could unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

What does this mean to Houston, a hub of international travel?  Dr. Peter Hotez is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and an expert in global health and vaccinology.  He says people leaving countries experiencing polio outbreaks will now have to prove they’ve been vaccinated, but that won’t offer absolute protection.  Hotez says geopolitics will make it difficult for some countries struggling with outbreaks to comply."