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Polio Returns To PNG 18 Years After Country Declared Free Of Disease

BBC News: Papua New Guinea polio outbreak declared
“An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, 18 years after the country was declared free of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus was detected in a six-year-old boy in April…” (6/26).

CNN: Polio outbreak confirmed in Papua New Guinea
“…Papua New Guinea had been certified polio-free since 2000, along with the rest of WHO’s Western Pacific Region…” (Scutti, 6/27).

Newsweek: Polio Resurfaces in Papua New Guinea 22 Years After Country’s Last Infection
“… ‘We are deeply concerned about this polio case in Papua New Guinea and the fact that the virus is circulating,’ Papua New Guinea’s Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said. ‘Our immediate priority is to respond and prevent more children from being infected’…” (Moritz-Rabson, 6/26).

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