This Week in PLoS Medicine: Predicting polio outbreaks; Community-wide vaccination; Scale-up in medical education

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This week PLoS Medicine publishes three new articles, with a pair of new research articles and policy forum focused on education.

Using outbreak data from 2003-2010, Kathleen O’Reilly and colleagues develop a statistical model of the spread of wild polioviruses in Africa that can predict polio outbreaks six months in advance.

In a cluster-randomized trial conducted in Gambian villages, Anna Roca and colleagues find that vaccination of children with pneumococcal conjugate vaccines reduced vaccine-type pneumococcal carriage even among nonvaccinated older children and adults.

Francesca Celletti and colleagues from WHO argue that a transformation in the scale-up of medical education in low- and middle-income countries is needed, and detail what this might look like.

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