Central and west Africa are on the brink of the largest polio epidemic in recent years, the World Health Organisation warned after the disease appeared to have spread from Nigeria to Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region. A child found paralysed by polio in Darfur on May 20 was confirmed to have a form of the virus which is closely linked to the one that is endemic in northern Nigeria, the WHO said in a statement. “Epidemiologists of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have today issued a stark warning that west and central Africa is on the brink of the largest polio epidemic in recent years,” the statement said. Full Story
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