Polio in Somalia: UN warns of ‘explosive’ outbreak

Monday, August 19, 2013

The UN has warned of a severe outbreak of polio in Somalia, days after a medical charity pulled out of the country, citing insecurity.

At least 105 cases of polio have been recorded in Somalia this year – almost half the number of cases around the world in 2012.

The World Health Organization is trying to eradicate polio and the number of cases has fallen dramatically.

Most of the Somali cases are in areas controlled by Islamist group al-Shabab.

Polio is now only considered endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Source: BBC (link opens in a new window)

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