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Africa: 13 Countries to Launch Vaccination Campaign

By: Prensa Latina
Geneva, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from 13 African countries said today that next week a vaccination campaign will be launched against poliomyelitis.

 

The campaign, which will be coordinated by the governments of the 13 countries, will halt the spread of the disease that prevails in the continent, particularly in places as northern Nigeria, said organizers in a statement.

The vaccination campaign will be carried out by 190,000 volunteers to immunize 116 million children under 5 years old from the 13 countries with the bivalent vaccine, which prevents two out of the three serotypes of the virus, 1 and 3, since the 2 type was already eradicated.

In Africa, the only country with poliomyelitis is Nigeria, which controlled the disease in July 2014, but in August 2016 new cases of the disease were reported in the northeastern region of Borno, sole site in the continent with the virus.

Poliomyelitis is endemic to three countries in the world, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, the latter is the only country in the continent with the disease, while 20 years ago all African countries had the same situation and every year more than 75,000 children remained paralyzed due to the disease.

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