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Nigeria reports first polio cases in two years - WHO

by Reuters
Thursday, 11 August 2016 18:46 GMT

In this 2011 file photo a local health worker carries vaccination kits into a vehicle at a distribution centre in Lagos, Nigeria. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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First cases of the disease in the country in two years

GENEVA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Nigeria has reported that two children in Borno state have been paralysed by polio, the first cases of the disease in the country in two years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Nigeria and the U.N. agency are conducting immunisation campaigns and strengthening surveillance systems that help catch the virus early, the WHO said in a statement on the latest setback to its global programme to eradicate polio.

"The overriding priority now is to rapidly immunise all children around the affected area and ensure that no other children succumb to this terrible disease," said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have also reported polio this year, with 21 cases to date, WHO said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Andrew Roche)

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