New Polio Outbreak in Sudan Caused by Oral Vaccine, UN Says

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The World Health Organization (WHO), says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing to an outbreak in Chad that is caused by oral vaccines.

In a statement, the WHO said two children in Sudan were paralyzed in March and April of this year. Both had been given vaccines against polio.

The cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-related outbreak in Chad which was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon, officials say.

Eleven additional vaccine-related cases in Sudan have been found, sparking concern. There are typically many more unreported cases of polio for every confirmed case.

Last week the WHO  declared that the African continent was free of the wild polio virus, calling it “an incredible and emotional day.”

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