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WHO Investigating Potential Polio Outbreak in Syria — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
October 21, 2013

WHO Investigating Potential Polio Outbreak in Syria

By Kelly Young

Syria could be experiencing its first cases of polio in 14 years after a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis was reported to the World Health Organization last week.

Two of the cases may be positive for polio, but the WHO is awaiting laboratory confirmation. Active surveillance continues in the region.

The WHO says in a statement: "Syria is considered at high-risk for polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases due to the current situation." The country's 2-year civil conflict has led to roughly 100,000 deaths and nearly 2.2 million people fleeing Syria, according to Reuters.

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