Latest polio Stories

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.

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.

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.

2006-02-01 12:25:00

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.

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.

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.

2005-08-24 03:08:47

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - The outbreak of polio in Indonesia could spread to other countries in the region, but a plan to vaccinate 24 million children next week should halt its progress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

2005-07-31 08:35:46

By Karen Iley CAXITO, Angola (Reuters) - Angola stepped up its fight against polio on Sunday, with mothers out in force to take advantage of a nationwide immunization drive after the first appearance of the disease in the African country in four years.

2005-02-04 09:24:42

The number of polio cases reported in Asia almost halved last year, meaning that efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent by the end of 2005 are on course, the World Health Organization said Friday. However problems remain in Africa.

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  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.