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Philippines launches vaccine campaign as 2nd polio case emerges

Manila - The Philippines Friday launched a programme to immunise millions of children from polio after the Asian nation was hit by its first outbreak of the crippling disease in nearly two decades.

Philippines hit by first polio case since 2001

Manila - The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal.

WHO urges investment drive as malaria fight stalls

Geneva - The global fight against malaria has stalled and requires massive investment as well as political leadership, the UN health agency warned in a report published Friday."The world is at a crossroads.

Nigeria hails 'historic milestone' after 3 years polio-free

Abuja - Nigeria on Wednesday announced that three years had elapsed since it last recorded a case of polio, a key step towards eradicating the notorious disease in Africa.

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

Kandahar - Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family -- like many in rural Afghanistan -- believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

Polio vaccine fears spread panic in Pakistan

Peshawar - More than 25,000 children were rushed to hospitals in northwest Pakistan after rumours spread that some had suffered reactions to a polio vaccine, officials said Tuesday.

Papua New Guinea scrambles to vaccinate as polio returns

Mount Hagen - Decades after polio was eradicated from Papua New Guinea, the crippling and sometimes deadly disease has returned, leaving doctors scrambling to revive long-lapsed vaccination programmes.

Niger launches mass polio vaccination drive

Niamey - Niger has launched a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting more than three million children under five after new cases were detected, an official said Friday.

Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

Sydney - An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease.

Startup develops nanopatch for polio vaccine delivery

To help eliminate polio, a Nanopatch (a microscopic vaccine delivery platform) has been shown to be more effective for dealing with the poliovirus than needles and syringes. The patch comes from a university startup called Vaxxas Pty Ltd.

Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

Geneva - Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said.

WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage

Geneva - Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries Friday to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease.

Gunmen kill seven police guarding polio team in Pakistan: officials 

Karachi - Motorcycle gunmen on Wednesday shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi, officials said, a brazen attack in the country's economic hub.

Bill Gates predicts end for polio

Doha - Bill Gates said Wednesday that "with any luck" polio will be eradicated by 2017 in the last two countries where it remains active, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Good neighbours ease fears in Pakistan polio fight

Karachi - In a rundown district of Karachi, Rabia balks at a neighbour's proposal to vaccinate her children, demonstrating one of the biggest hurdles to eradicating polio in Pakistan by the end of the year: confused and frightened parents.

Health groups slam Ukraine for slow polio response

Kiev - Global health groups accused Ukraine on Friday of being critically late and ineffective in responding to Europe's first polio outbreak since 2010.

Nigeria beating polio, Africa closer to eradicating disease

Nigeria hit a major milestone — one year with no new polio cases. The country that had the greatest number of cases in the world is poised to eliminate the disease, which paralyzes children, from its borders.

Pakistan sees major drop in polio cases

Islamabad - Pakistan has seen a major fall in polio cases this year, officials said Thursday, as a military operation has allowed vaccinators to reach areas previously off-limits because of militant attacks.

Pakistan kills 34 militants in air strikes

Islamabad - Pakistan's military said it killed 34 militants Wednesday in air strikes on a tribal region near the Afghan border as part of a major offensive against insurgents that began last year.

The final steps to be taken to eliminate worldwide polio

Bethesda - Polio has almost been eliminated from the world and just two countries remain endemic: Afghanistan and Nigeria, with cases also high in parts of Pakistan. A new report considers how the final steps can be taken to eliminate the disease.

Polio spreads in Pakistan

While most media attention is on Ebola, polio has been spreading in Pakistan, where 200 Pakistanis have been diagnosed so far. This is greatest number of infections in more than a decade.

Bomb kills polio vaccinator in NW Pakistan

Peshawar - A roadside bomb exploded in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday killing an off-duty polio vaccinator and his relative while wounding another worker, officials said.

Pharmaceutical firm dumps polio virus into Belgium river

Rixensart - Staff working at a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) facility dumped more than 45 liters of concentrated live polio into the water at a Belgian treatment plant earlier this month.

New nanopatch can be used against polio

A new nanopatch has been developed as a candidate method for the delivery of a polio vaccine. The patch thereby avoids the use of a needle.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Polio antivirals key to eradication effort?

The deadly virus polio has started to make appearances in certain countries. The World Health Organization has warned that polio is now a 'public health emergency'. Scientists are looking at new ways to combat the disease.

Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.

WHO declares polio 'public health emergency'

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

WHO starts emergency polio talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases were discovered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea.

Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas

Peshawar - Pakistani officials said Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks.
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