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Polio Immunization Efforts Continue In Iraq, Cameroon

News outlets discuss efforts to vaccinate populations against polio in Iraq and Cameroon.

Associated Press: Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict
“Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country’s turmoil…” (Salaheddin, 4/10).

IRIN: Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq
“A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus. Inadequate sanitation, contaminated water sources and poor public health systems are also major factors in the spread of polio…” (Redvers, 4/10).

VOA News: Cameroon Polio Vaccination Targets CAR, Nigerian Refugees
“Cameroon has announced a special polio vaccination campaign for all children after half a dozen cases were identified. There are fears that children fleeing dangerous situations in neighboring countries, such as terrorist violence in Nigeria — one of a few nations which have not eradicated polio — are spreading the virus…” (Kindzeka, 4/10).

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