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Venezuela Records First Case Of Polio Nearly 30 Years After Eradicating Disease

Agence France-Presse: Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades
“Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports…” (6/9).

Daily Telegraph: Venezuela hit by first case of Polio since 1989 as country falls deeper into crisis
“In Delta Amacuro, where the case was discovered, vaccine coverage only reached 67 percent, according to a statement from a local watchdog group…” (Weddle, 6/10).

Newsweek: Polio Returns to Venezuela as Economic Crisis Cripples Health Care System
“… ‘The government is not approving the money for the vaccines,’ said Manuela Bolivar, a member of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly who is analyzing the increase in infections. ‘This situation is unfortunate but we saw it coming, because we’ve been denouncing for years that there are not enough vaccines’…” (Brennan, 6/11).

The Times: Venezuela may be suffering its first outbreak of polio in 30 years
“…The Venezuelan Society of Public Health, a non-governmental doctors’ association, said that three suspected cases were detected among an indigenous population in the remote northeastern state of Delta Amacuro, where the Orinoco River delta is located…” (Gibbs, 6/9).

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