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WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Over International Spread of Polio — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
May 6, 2014

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Over International Spread of Polio

By the Editors

The World Health Organization on Monday called the spread of polio thus far in 2014 an "extraordinary event" that constitutes a public health emergency.

Preparing for the high transmission season (May/June), the WHO offered guidance to the three nations that pose the greatest risk for exporting the virus this year: Cameroon, Pakistan, and the Syrian Arab Republic. Recommendations include declaring public health emergencies in those countries and increasing vaccination efforts. Similar guidance was offered to nations that are infected with, but not currently exporting, poliovirus (e.g., Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Somalia).

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