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By Robert Herriman On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
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Syria polio outbreak spread: Iraq reports first case since 2000

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Friday, that as of 20 March 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic, a total of 37 wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported:  25 cases by the Syrian Arab Republic More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Syria polio outbreak total now 23 as seven new cases reported

For the first time in over two months, the Syrian Arab Republic has reported new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases in the current outbreak in the war-torn country. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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Syria polio total rises to 17: WHO

In a follow-up to the polio outbreak being reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting today the total number of confirmed cases to now be 17, up from 13 cases two weeks ago. Image/CIA The More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, November 11th, 2013
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Syria polio update: Three more cases confirmed, total now 13

In a follow-up to a report two weeks ago, the number of confirmed cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)  have increased by three in the Syrian Arab Republic, bringing the total cases confirmed in the war-torn More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Syria reports first polio case of 2014

The polio outbreak in the Middle East continues with two new cases of wild poliovirus-1 (WPV-1) reported, one from late 2013 and the first case of 2014, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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New polio cases reported from Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan

The number of polio cases reported to date in 2014 is 18, with 15 of these cases reported from Pakistan, according to a Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) update Wednesday. The organization reports six new wild More...

By Guest Author On Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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Rotary responds to polio emergency in Syria

Rotary International will provide a US$500,000 emergency response grant to support efforts to quell a recent outbreak of the crippling disease polio in strife-torn Syria. The funds are the first to the World Health More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, November 8th, 2013
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German researchers warn of polio threat from Syria and Israel, could spread to Europe

Two German researchers write that the polio situation in parts of the Middle East could spread and threaten the European continent, according to a publication in The Lancet Nov.8. European Union MapImage/CIA Martin More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Polio confirmed in Syria, ten cases identified

Nearly half of the suspected polio cases in Syria have now been confirmed as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has announced that 10 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been identified.   Image/CIA Earlier More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Syria: Major polio vaccination campaign under way

With the confirmation testing pending on some 22 “suspected” cases of polio in war-torn Syria, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunization More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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Cameroon reports first polio case since 2009, up to 22 suspected cases in Syria

Today is World Polio Day 2013 and as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said, “in 2013, there are reasons both for celebration and concern.” Image/CIA They note that wild poliovirus (WPV) More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, October 20th, 2013
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Syria reports ‘suspected’ polio cases from Deir Al Zour province

The Syrian Arab Republic has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about a suspected cluster of polio cases reported the Deir Al Zour province. Image/CIA The UN health agency received reports of a cluster More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, June 16th, 2014
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Iraq crisis prompts WHO action: Polio, measles and diarrhea of utmost concern

With the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO)  is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of populations affected by the ongoing crisis. The More...

By Guest Author On Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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Polio Resurgence Has Health Officials Worried

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an emergency report detailing the recent spread of wild poliovirus. The statement, released Monday, May 5th, is the result of a two day meeting of the International More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, May 5th, 2014
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WHO committee: Polio spread an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States

World Health Organization Director, Dr. Margaret Chan, upon the advice from an Emergency Committee of independent experts, declared recent international spread of wild poliovirus a “public health emergency of More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, April 11th, 2014
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Mass polio vaccinations begin in Middle East, Equatorial Guinea reports second polio case

A mass vaccination campaign for polio commenced this week with a goal to reach 20 million children in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt by the weekend, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Wednesday. This More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Polio transmission continues in Cameroon

The transmission of polio continues into 2014 in the west Central African country of Cameroon, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday. Image/CIA Two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV1) More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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Nigeria reports first polio case of 2014

The African country of Nigeria, one of the three remaining polio endemic countries left on the globe, reported their first case of wild poliovirus 1 (WPV-1) in Kano State, according to the Global Polio Eradication More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, March 7th, 2014
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California Polio-like paralysis, Leishmaniasis are the topics to be covered on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show

This Saturday, March 8 at 12 pm, two great expert guests will appear on the Tampa Bay-based talk radio program, Outbreak News This Week with host, Robert Herriman to discuss some big issues in infectious diseases. Slated More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, January 4th, 2014
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Polio 2013: by the numbers

Polio has been a story of highs and lows in 2013. Let’s see what the numbers tell us. Somali girl receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV)Image/UNICEF Video Screen Shot Unlike 2012, which 21 wild poliovirus 3 (WPV More...


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