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'Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio'

Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said.   Britis

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Syria region excluded from polio vaccine drive

The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign, arguing that most residents had fled although hundreds of thousands were still there, a Reuters i

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Syria polio cases spread to Damascus, Aleppo

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that additional polio cases had been confirmed in two new areas of Syria, including near Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo near Turkey. "In addition to 15 polio cases in

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Polio vaccine drive in ME over Syria outbreak

Seven countries and territories in the Middle East are holding mass polio vaccination campaigns with further extensive campaigns planned for December targeting 22 million children following confirmation of the polio outbreak in Syria.

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UN launches biggest Mideast polio campaign

The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly, said senior United Nations health officials

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Syria polio outbreak 'may threaten Europe'

Vaccinating only Syrian refugees against polio may not be enough to prevent the crippling viral disease from re-infecting Europe where it has not been seen for decades, German scientists warned on Friday. Writing in The Lancet med

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Polio outbreak in Syria risks spreading

A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. Twenty-two children in Deir Al-Zor province became paralysed this

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Suspected polio cases found in Syria after 14 years

Two suspected cases of polio have been detected in Syria, the first appearance of the incurable viral disease there in 14 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday. The UN body said initial test results from a cl

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2 killed in blast near polio team in Pakistan

A Taliban bomb that exploded on Monday near a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's volatile northwestern city of Peshawar killed two people, police said, in the latest in a string of attacks on health workers. Islamist violenc

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Wild poliovirus in the Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa (northeast Africa)  is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), according to a statement. A four-month-old girl near Dadaab, Kenya, developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis

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