Hopkins dean among those who want to eradicate polio

April 17, 2013|By Andrea K. Walker | By Andrea K. Walker

The dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is among a group of leading scientists that has joined an initiative to eradicate polio.

Dr. Michael J. Klag signed a declaration last week endorsing a Polio Eradication Endgame Strategic Plan. It calls for creating a polio-free world by 2018.

The initiative is led by Emory University and Aga Khan University. Officials say there is an opportunity to end polio because there are so few cases being reported.

More than 400 other scientists from 80 countries signed the declaration, which calls for sustaining containment of the disease once it is eradicated.

Other signers from the Bloomberg School include Patti Gravitt, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Neal Halsey, professor in the Department of International Health; Dr. Katherine O'Brien,  professor in the Department of International Health; and Dr. Mathuram Santosham, professor in the Department of International Health.

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