Already 105 recorded cases
The U.N.’s humanitarian affairs office says a polio outbreak in Somalia is spreading rapidly.
“It’s very worrying because it’s an explosive outbreak and of course polio is a disease that is slated for eradication,” said Oliver Rosenbauer,
a spokesman for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
“In fact we’re seeing more cases in this area this year than in the three endemic countries worldwide.”
In this Wednesday April 24, 2013 file photo a Somali baby receives a polio vaccine, at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The U.N. said Friday Aug. 16, 2013, that Somalia has 105 confirmed cases of polio, with another 10 cases confirmed in neighbouring Kenya. Health officials are responding with vaccination campaigns that have reached 4 million people since the outbreak began in May, but those health officials cannot access about 600,000 children who live in areas of Somalia controlled by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)-File