|Alarm over 10 polio infections in Syria
The UN health agency confirmed an outbreak of polio in Syria, which had been free of the crippling disease since 1999, and said it feared it would spread.
Oliver Rosenbauer, spokesman for the World Health Organization's anti-polio division, said laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the disease in 10 out of 22 suspected cases reported almost two weeks ago.
All 22 children were stricken with acute flaccid paralysis, which is the symptom of a number of different diseases, including polio.
“Out 10 of those cases, they've isolated wild polio virus type one,'' Rosenbauer said.
“The other 12 are still being investigated,'' he added, saying test results were expected in coming days.
The cases were clustered in the northeastern Deir Al Zour province, and all affected children under the age of two.
The next step is to analyse the genetic code of the virus to try to track its source.—AFP