Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 lockdowns cause polio spike in Pakistan

A spike in the number of polio cases in Pakistan—the last refuge of the virus in the world along with neighboring Afghanistan—is being attributed by health experts to disruption in vaccination services caused by lockdowns ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

South Sudan confirms outbreak of vaccine-derived polio

Health officials in South Sudan on Thursday confirmed a new outbreak of polio, just months after declaring the wild version of the deadly virus eradicated in Africa's youngest country.

Vaccination

Polio vaccine in the crossfire of misinformation

As scientists around the world rush to find a vaccine to stem the spread of COVID-19, another deadly disease, polio, has become the latest target of misinformation campaigns online.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad—a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Africa now free of wild poliovirus, but polio threat remains

Health authorities on Tuesday are expected to declare the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease ...

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