Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares

The New York Times – By   The World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio a public health emergency of international concern.

Alarmed by the spread of polio from conflict zones in three continents, the agency issued the health alert to try to stop the further spread of the disease, a paralyzing virus once thought to be nearly eradicated.

An emergency committee convened by the organization announced in Geneva that three countries — Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon — had allowed the spread of the virus and should take extraordinary measures to stop it.

The committee announced via a telephone news conference from its Geneva headquarters that all children in these countries should be inoculated or reinoculated and all travelers from these countries should be reinoculated and should carry proof in the form of an internationally recognized document.

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