Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 August 2015

UN warns of polio 'emergency'

Published 05/05/2014 | 13:47

There is no specific treatment or cure for polio, but several vaccines exist
There is no specific treatment or cure for polio, but several vaccines exist

The spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect other countries with the crippling disease, according to the World Health Organisation.

The health agency described the ongoing polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an "extraordinary" situation requiring a co-ordinated international response.

Polio usually strikes children under five and is usually spread via infected water. There is no specific treatment or cure, but several vaccines exist.

Experts are particularly concerned the virus continues to pop up in countries previously free of the disease, such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq - where civil war or unrest complicates efforts to contain the virus.

Some critics say the rapid spread of polio could unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate it.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph