Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive




 
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Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive
 
December 17th, 2013  
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Topic: Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive


Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign, arguing that most residents had fled although hundreds of thousands were still there, a Reuters investigation shows. Public health researchers say missing out the Syrian province contributed to the reemergence there of polio, a highly infectious, incurable disease that can paralyze a child within hours but has been wiped out in many parts of the world. In November, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said 13 cases had been found in the province. Two more have since been recorded there and the virus has surfaced in Aleppo city and near Damascus, the first outbreak since 1999 in Syria, where civil war has raged since a crackdown on protests in 2011.




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