Somalia polio outbreak spreads; 105 recorded cases

An article from the Washington Post
August 16, 2013
Somalia polio outbreak spreads; 105 recorded cases


August 16, 2013 -- Somalia is suffering an “explosive” outbreak of polio and now has more cases than the rest of the world combined, an official said Friday.

Vaccination teams face a daunting challenge: accessing areas of Somalia controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants, where seven of 10 children aren’t fully immunized.

Polio is considered mostly eliminated globally, except in three countries where it is considered endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. India marked a major success in February 2012 by being removed from the World Health Organization’s list of countries plagued by the disease.

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