Polio no more
Nigeria is on the cusp of a major victory: eradicating the threat of the disease polio. The country will soon be declared polio-free thanks to a drive to put the fake-news days of the early 2000s behind it: some northern Nigerian leaders had called for a boycott of polio vaccinations, saying that the drugs would cause HIV or infertility. Nigeria remains the last African country where polio is a problem, while in the world only Afghanistan and Pakistan have yet to tame the virus. The skills developed in the Nigerian fight against polio have been useful in responding to other sorts of outbreaks, like yellow fever and Ebola.