WHO Confirms 15 New Polio Cases In Syria; Immunization Efforts Planned For Next Month

Reuters: WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria
“Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in and around Raqqa, a city held by Islamic State militants and a target of U.S.-led airstrikes…” (Miles, 6/20).

STAT: Polio outbreak expands in Syria, as health officials plan immunization campaign
“…The other 16 [confirmed polio cases] are in Mayadeen district in the Deir-Ez-Zor governorate of eastern Syria. … Planning is underway to conduct two special rounds of immunization. The first round is expected to begin no later than July 8 and will use a special oral vaccine that targets type 2 polio. The goal is to vaccinate 328,000 children under the age of five. A second round, which will use injectable polio vaccine … will aim to vaccinate 114,500 children between the ages of two months and 24 months…” (Branswell, 6/20).