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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kenya declares polio public health emergency

Article via Xinhua :

The Kenyan government on Saturday declared the recurrence of polio after its elimination 29 years ago as a public health emergency.

"The Cabinet noted the re-emergence of Polio in Kenya following its elimination in 1984. 
Cabinet declared the outbreak a public health emergency and directed the Ministry of Health to fast-track the ongoing immunization exercise and ensure the entire country is covered," a statement from the presidency said.
The East African nation has been polio free in recent years but due to low immunization coverage, the region remains vulnerable to the importations of the wild polio virus.
There have been no cases reported in outbreak epicenter for the past six weeks as aid organizations are actively searching for cases of suspected polio in all health facilities countrywide."

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