Thursday, 11 November 2010

Gauteng Polio Alert

Public and private health sector workers in Gauteng have been put on high alert for Polio. Polio. In South Africa. The alert is in response to an outbreak of the disease in the Congo. This amid concerted efforts to eradicate polio on the continent and globally.

The WHO said today that Polio has killed 100 people and paralysed more than 200 in the last six weeks. 226 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) had been recorded as of 9 November. The deathtoll is unusually high. Polio normally affects mostly children under the age of 5. In this outbreak, most of those affected are between 15 and 29 years. Vaccination drives are being planned to ensure full coverage in the region.

But the reality is still that Gauteng, South Africa's most populace province and the economic powerhouse of the region, is on high alert for Polio

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