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WHO Confirms Vaccine-Derived Polio Cases In DR Congo In 2 Separate Clusters

CIDRAP News: WHO reports 2 polio clusters in the DRC, new details in Syria
“The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] said two separate circulating vaccine-derived polio clusters have been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it also revealed new details about a similar outbreak in a conflict-ridden area of Syria. Health officials there are following up on three confirmed cases and 58 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP)…” (Schnirring, 6/13).

Reuters: WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback
“…Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated…” (Miles, 6/13).

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