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Namibia suffers polio 'setback'

26th June 2006

Namibia has announced that it is suffering from its first polio outbreak in over a decade, with seven deaths in recent weeks.

Investigations into whether the outbreak was due to faeces infested water or foodstuffs, or whether it had been brought in from outside are still not conclusive.

Most victims were aged over 20 they had missed out on under-five vaccination campaigns carried out since 1990, when Namibia gained independence.

Seven people have died and 27 others have been paralysed since mid-May. Preliminary results indicate a polio virus 1 Wild Type.

Health authorities were already working on a mass public education and vaccination campaign.

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Article Information

Title: Namibia suffers polio 'setback'
Author: Luke Sturgess-Durden
Article Id: 426
Date Added: 26th Jun 2006

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BBC News
Polio Eradication

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