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    South Sudan records 15 new polio cases
    Official says cases caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus Type 2
    Benjamin Takpiny | 22.10.2020
    South Sudan records 15 new polio cases FILE PHOTO

    JUBA, South Sudan

    South Sudan said Wednesday it has recorded 15 new cases of polio, although the country was recently declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization.

    The cases have prompted the launch of a vaccination campaign which is set to begin at the end of October, George Awzenio Legge, director of the Expanded Program on Immunization at the Ministry of Health, told Anadolu Agency by phone.

    “Currently, the ministry and partners are planning a polio vaccination response to contain the spread of the disease,” Legge said.

    He said a four-day campaign will begin on Oct. 27 and will target 1.5 million children under 5 years old in 45 counties where the outbreak was declared before rolling out to other parts.

    “We have 15 cases in the whole country, 14 of which are in the greater Bahr el Ghazal region [in the country's northwest],” he said...

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    South Sudan to vaccinate 2.8 mln children against polio
    By XINHUA -
    3 hours ago

    South Sudan in collaboration with the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday it will vaccinate over 2.8 million children against polio.

    Atem Nathan, director-general for Primary Healthcare in the Ministry of Health, said the polio outbreak was declared on Sept. 18, 2020 and spread to 17 counties in all the states in the country.

    Nathan said currently, 39 cases of vaccine-derived poliomyelitis have been confirmed with states of Warrap, Western Bahr El Ghazal being the most affected...