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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 Robert Herriman On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Afghanistan reports polio case in Kabul, first since 2001

Afghanistan is one of three remaining polio endemic countries on the globe, Pakistan and Nigeria being the others, and has seen great progress in their polio eradication efforts recently. Image/CIA However, the 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 Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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Pakistan reports first four polio cases of 2014

After reporting 91 cases in 2013, the most from the three remaining endemic countries, the first four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases reported in 2014 have been from Pakistan, according to the Global Polio Eradication More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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Horn of Africa polio outbreak now at 207 as Somalia and Ethiopia report new cases

Things have been quiet in the countries of the Horn of Africa as far as the polio outbreak, with no news reported cases for some time, until now. Horn of AfricaPublic domain image/ Lexicon at the English Wikipedia More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
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CDC’s Top Five Health Threats in 2014

PRESS RELEASE 1.  Antibiotic Resistance & Advanced Molecular Detection Coping with untreatable infections in The End of the Antibiotic Era  Every year, more than two million people in the U.S. get infections 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...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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The Top 10 Infectious Disease and Outbreak News stories of 2013

2013 was a year full of impactful infectious disease stories with outbreaks of diseases not before seen in humans, diseases seen in new parts of the planet and miracle stories of survivors. Drugs not approved in More...

By The Dispatch 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, December 6th, 2013
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Pakistan reports ‘dramatic expansion’ of polio since August

Over the past four months in the polio endemic country of Pakistan, they have seen a “dramatic expansion” of the serious viral disease, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Cameroon polio cases up to four, Kenya declares polio a public health emergency

The West Central African country of Cameroon has reported two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV-1) cases during the past week, bringing the total number of cases to four, according to the latest data from the Global Polio 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 Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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Philippines: Mass vaccination campaign launched in Tacloban, Cebu

In an effort to prevent infectious disease outbreaks among the vulnerable in the hardest hit areas of the Philippines in the wake of Super-Typhoon Haitan (Yolanda), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippines More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Polio eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan: The progress and the challenges

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan saw an overall decrease in wild poliovirus (WPV) cases from January – September 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012 according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, November 15th, 2013
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Pakistan polio total this year tops 2012 number, Cameroon reports a second case of polio

There are currently three polio endemic countries left on the planet–Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. However, in 2013, only Pakistan has reported an increase in polio cases from the previous year, according 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 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 Guest Author On Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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Why I became a Polio Ambassador

By Archie Panjabi When I was 10 years old, I had an opportunity to stay in my parents’ homeland, India, for a period of two years. Coming from England, it was a huge cultural shock. But it was also a great experience More...


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