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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 Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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Eleven South-East Asia countries certified polio-free: WHO

Eighty percent of the world’s population is now certified as being polio-free with the recent announcement from the World Health Organization certifying the South-East Asia Region Friday. Image/Chris Zahniser, 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 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 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 Guest Author On Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Running the distance for polio eradication

By Tanya F. Wolff I am not a runner. I can jog. I can walk and I can hike. I do these things for those in the world who cannot. Image/Rotary International The PolioPlus program was already in effect when I joined More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, September 16th, 2013
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India: Dozens of children sickened after given hepatitis B vaccine orally

India has been polio-free for more than two years and was later taken off the list of polio endemic countries that now includes only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Image/CIA In an effort to keep the country More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, September 1st, 2013
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Somalia polio cases rise by 20, brings total to 128

The polio outbreak on the Horn of Africa continues to rise with 21 new cases being reported in the area during the past week, according to the latest Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) data. Somalia map More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, June 28th, 2013
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American citizen killed in Egypt, State Department issues a travel warning

A US citizen was stabbed to death  Friday in Alexandria during clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, according to a Reuters report. Image/CIA Gen. Amin Ezz Eddin, a senior Alexandria More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
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Kenya reports polio outbreak, first confirmed cases in two years

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting a polio outbreak, wild poliovirus type 1( WPV1), on the Horn of Africa with confirmed cases being seen in Kenya and Somalia. Near Dadaab, Kenya, a four-month-old More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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Scientists: GPEI strategy for polio eradication possible by 2018

Polio eradication by 2018? According to a team of more than 400 international scientists, that’s the goal of a new strategy by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) released April 11. The Eradication More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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Al-Azhar University principal, Osama al-Abed, fired over food poisoning outbreak, Muslim Brotherhood denies being behind student illnesses

In a follow up to a story about a mass food poisoning outbreak at one of Cairo’s universities earlier this week, it is reported that Al-Azhar University principal, Osama al-Abed has been dismissed from his More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, February 11th, 2013
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Poliovirus found in sewage samples in Cairo, Egypt

A strain of wild poliovirus genetically similar to a strain found in Sindh, Pakistan, has been found in environmental sewage samples from two areas of Cairo, Egypt, according a World Health Organization (WHO) Global More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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Yellow fever outbreak fears face Nigerian health officials

The last time there has been a yellow fever epidemic in the African nation of Nigeria was three decades ago; however, health officials in Abuja are concerned because there has not been nationwide vaccination against More...


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