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Global Health
July 17, 2013

Swift International Response to Polio Outbreak in Horn of Africa

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JAMA. 2013;310(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.17116

An outbreak of polio cases that began in April in the Horn of Africa is growing, according to a report from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (

As of June 12, 14 cases of polio were reported in this area: 9 from Somalia and 5 from Kenya. The first case, reported in April in the Banadir region of Somalia and confirmed on May 9, was in a 32-month-old girl who became ill with acute flaccid paralysis. The first case in Kenya was discovered in late April in a 4-year-old girl near the Dabaab refugee camp—which contains many Somali refugees—and confirmed on May 22. There has not been an outbreak in Somalia since 2007 nor in Kenya since 2011.

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