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09 Mar 2005 description

WHO and UNICEF draw urgent attention of the need to protect Ethiopia against further polio virus importations from Sudan and to protect the investment of Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa, in polio eradication. To respond to this emergency, WHO and UNICEF need US$4.9 million to immunize 14.7 million children under the age of five during April and May 2005.

A massive polio outbreak in Sudan that has paralyzed 132 Sudanese children since May 2004 has now spread into Ethiopia.