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UN declares end to Somalia polio outbreak

  • UN agencies on Thursday declared an end to the 2013-2014 polio outbreak in Somalia, which affected nearly 200 people, most of them children. The announcement came 14 months after the last polio case was identified, according to a joint statement by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), media reports said. An assessment team conducted a review in Somalia in October, and decided the polio outbreak was over. (Source: IANS)