Polio's Back. Why Now?

The fear of vaccines helped the virus spread from Africa to Indonesia. Could it reach the U.S.?

Mothers in the Indonesian village of Cidadap don't have big dreams for their kids. Surviving infancy is often as much as they hope for, with everything else left to luck. Fikri Ramdani looked like one of the fortunate ones--active and well and, at 19 months, deep into toddlerhood. Today, however, he lies limp in his mother's arms, his eyes rolled back and his face shiny with sweat. "He used to like playing ball," says his mother Yayat. "Now he can't even stand up."

Yayat is hopeful. She tickles the boy's foot to show it still has feeling, but the foot hangs limp....

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