March 26, 2014

The Specter of Polio Looms Over the Mideast

Tim Whewell, BBC News

The Associated Press

As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease - despite a massive campaign to vaccinate millions of children in surrounding countries.

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TAGGED: Polio, Syria, Middle East


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