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2008-03-26 14:00:00

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that Somalia is once again free of Polio. The country has not reported a case of the disease since March 25 2007.WHO's Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) called it a 'historic achievement' in public health."This truly historic achievement shows that polio can be eradicated everywhere, even in the most challenging and difficult settings," said Dr Hussein A Gezairy, Regional Director for the World Health Organization's Office for the...

2007-03-09 09:00:21

By Kalpakjian, C Z; Quint, E H; Toussaint, L L Key words: SLEEP, MENOPAUSE, POLIOMYELITIS, HOT FLUSHES, HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY ABSTRACT Objectives Sleep disturbance in polio survivors is a common complaint, yet little is known about the effects of the interaction of physical disability and menopause on sleep. The purpose of this study was to understand the relative contribution of menopause factors and disability to subjective sleep disturbance. Methods Participants were 465...

2006-06-08 09:05:00

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - The Namibian government said on Thursday it would begin a mass vaccination campaign to combat a deadly polio outbreak after supplies of vaccine are airlifted into the southwestern African nation later this month. Seven people have died and another 27 infected with polio in Namibia in the past month. Namibia's ministry of health plans to begin innoculating people on June 21 using the monovalent Oral Polio Vaccine (mOPV). "The mOPV is currently not available in Namibia but...

2006-04-12 07:25:00

JAKARTA -- Indonesia began a fifth round of mass inoculations against polio on Wednesday, aiming to reach nearly 24 million children in a drive to eradicate the crippling disease. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country with 220 million people. "Today, we begin the fifth round of national polio immunization days. The number of children participating in immunization is 23,626,795 from...

2006-03-24 08:47:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 200 children in Somalia have been paralyzed with polio since the disease re-emerged in July, and the virus is spreading in the lawless country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A nationwide vaccination campaign is being launched on Sunday to try to reach 1.4 million Somali children under age five, the United Nations agency added. "The polio outbreak in Somalia, which occurred in July 2005 with an importation of polio virus, has affected a...

2006-03-16 08:30:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has reported its first case of polio in nearly six years, dealing a fresh blow to a global campaign to eradicate the crippling disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. A nine-year-old girl in the southern Chittagong province was paralyzed in January. Genetic sequencing has confirmed it was the polio virus and that it was closely related to viruses detected in India, the WHO said in a statement. She was the first case reported since August...

2006-02-17 08:43:41

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia launched a drive to vaccinate 11.5 million children under the age of five against polio on Friday, following the discovery of 24 cases of the paralysing disease imported from Sudan, a WHO official said. The Horn of Africa country had been free from polio for almost four years until it found the new cases in 2005, said Atnafu Getachew, an immunization officer at the World Health Organization in Addis Ababa. "Investigations showed that 24 children under...

2006-02-01 12:25:00

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared two more states -- Egypt and Niger -- free of endemic polio, bringing the goal of eradicating the paralyzing disease worldwide a step nearer. Egypt, where polio has been traced back 5,000 years, has had no cases for over a year, and the nine reported in Niger were all due to imports of the virus from neighboring Nigeria. This leaves a record low of just four countries -- Nigeria, India, Pakistan...

2006-01-31 13:32:26

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it is about to announce that Egypt is polio-free, for the first time in 5,000 years, bringing global eradication a step closer. The last sample of the crippling virus in Egypt was found in sewage in mid-January 2005, but the U.N. agency said it is waiting for the final data for this month before making an expected announcement on Wednesday. A full year must pass without any new detection of...

2005-10-13 14:43:33

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four children in two Amish families in Minnesota have been infected with polio after not being vaccinated against the disease, probably for religious reasons, state health officials said on Thursday. Genetic testing shows the polio involved likely originated overseas in an infant who had been vaccinated with a live polio virus, state epidemiologist Dr. Harry Hull said. That kind of vaccine has not been used in the United States for five years. He said a Minnesota...