Polio Outbreak Threatens Europe

    An Afghan health worker administers a polio vaccination to a boy on the second day of a vaccination campaign in the city of Jalalabad on November  20, 2012.  A new three-day nationwide immunisation campaign against polio began on November 19 in a joint operation with the Ministry of Public Health, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Afghanistan is one of only of a handful of countries in the world that still has the crippling polio virus with new cases reported every year.  AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah Shirzada        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)


    As polio makes a comeback in Syria after a 14-year absence, health experts in Europe are warning that the disease could easily reemerge on the continent as refugees from the war-torn Middle East flood in. Martin Eichner, a professor at the University of Tuebingen, warned in a letter to the medical journal The Lancet that the disease could enter Europe via unsuspecting refugees, who could carry the virus without being affected by it. In addition to areas cut off from vaccination in Syria, polio has recently appeared in Africa, as well as sewage samples from Israel and Egypt. The polio virus is spread through feces and currently has no cure. So far this year, 322 cases have been reported worldwide.

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