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WHO Announces Polio Outbreak In Syria Successfully Stopped, With No International Spread

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean: Polio outbreak in Syria successfully stopped
“The polio outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) detected in 2017 in Syria has been successfully stopped, with no international spread, according to experts. An official outbreak response assessment, comprising experts in global public health, virology, and epidemiology, reviewed all available surveillance and immunization evidence from the past 18 months, and conducted first-hand field visits to the affected areas, including the epicenter of the outbreak, Deir Ez-Zor. The group concluded that the outbreak could now be closed…” (12/2).

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