Poliomyelitis outbreak escalates in the Sudan

January 2005
Weekly Epidemiological Record;1/7/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 1, p2
The article reports on poliomyelitis outbreak in the Sudan. The escalating outbreak in the Sudan and the polio case in Saudi Arabia further underline the high risk posed to polio-free areas by the continuing epidemic in west and central Africa. This risk is compounded by the growing vulnerability of populations to polio globally, following the cessation of preventive polio immunization campaigns in many polio-free countries in 2002-200 3. A total of 105 cases has now been confirmed from 17 of the country's 26 states, since the first case was identified in Darfur in May 2004.


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