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New polio cases reported in Somalia

Dr. Yassin Nur, the head of immunization at Somalia’s Ministry of Health, said last week that polio cases have been on the rise in spite of immunization campaigns across the country. New cases have been reported in Somaliland, Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, and there is concern that the virus can cross the border into Ethiopia.

Gabe Joselow of VOA News writes,

According to Nur, the populations of internally displaced people, who number more than one million in Somalia, are most at risk of contracting the virus that causes polio. The constant movement of people raises the risk of spreading the disease. “The problem is this movement between Somalia and Kenya, between Somalia and Ethiopia,” Nur said. “Whether they are IDPs or not, the movement of the people is the one that worries us.



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Mohammed A

Mohammed Ademo is a freelance journalist based in Washington, DC. He's the founder and editor of, an independent news website about Ethiopia.

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