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26 Oct 2013 description
report European Commission

The World Health Organisation (WHO) received reports that twenty two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), possibly caused by the poliovirus, have been diagnosed in Deir-ez-zur in Northern Syria. Final results are awaited from the regional reference laboratory of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO. These could be the first cases in Syria since 1999 and the situation is extremely worrying given the present security situation and the problems with access to those who will need to be vaccinated.

25 Oct 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

Major immunisation campaign under way now in Syria

AMMAN / GENEVA, 25 October 2013 - As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunisation effort aimed at protecting as many children as possible both in the country and across the region against polio, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases.

24 Oct 2013 description
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  • U.N. Security Council issued a nonbinding Presidential Statement calling for Syrian authorities to facilitate the expansion of humanitarian relief operations in Syria.

  • Initial test results from the national polio laboratory in Damascus indicate that two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) detected in Dayr az Zawr Governorate could be positive for polio. Key actors are considering plans for a possible response.

24 Oct 2013 description
report UN News Service

24 October 2013 – The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, the United Nations World Health Organization said today while warning that children continue to be at risk, particularly in the Horn of Africa where a tapering outbreak has been confirmed, and amid reports of suspected cases in Syria.

“This is no time for complacency, and efforts must be redoubled to ensure this disease is eradicated once and for all. World Polio Day marks the perfect opportunity to remind us of this fact,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said in its message for the Day.

23 Oct 2013 description
  • World Polio Day - 24 October! Partners, governments, civil society and communities worldwide are today marking World Polio Day, as efforts to eradicate this disease once and for all are being intensified. More

  • In Syria, reports of suspected polio cases have emerged. A cluster of hot cases is currently being investigated, and has prompted planning for a comprehensive outbreak response across the region. See ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more.

22 Oct 2013 description

Jordan - This week IOM, the Jordanian Ministry of Health (MoH) and partners initiated a nation-wide community mobilization and awareness-raising campaign in anticipation to the two-week measles, rubella, and polio immunization campaign scheduled to start on 2nd of November.

The national campaign will target 3.5 million individuals (under 20 years old) to be immunized against measles and German measles (MR), and against polio (children under 5 years old). The campaign will target Jordanian nationals, Syrian refugees, and people of other nationalities living in Jordan.

19 Oct 2013 description

On 17 October 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic. This cluster of ‘hot’ AFP was detected in early October 2013 in Deir Al Zour province and is currently being investigated. Initial results from the national polio laboratory in Damascus indicate that two of the cases could be positive for polio – final results are awaited from the regional reference laboratory of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO. Wild poliovirus was last reported in Syria in 1999.