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U.N. Confirms 10 Polio Cases In Northeast Syria

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October 29, 2013 AT 4:14 PM
The U.N.'s health agency said it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the diseases in the country in 14 years, with a risk of spreading across the region. The polio virus, a highly contagious disease, usually infects children in unsanitary conditions through the consumption of food or liquid contaminated with feces. Nearly all Syrian children were vaccinated against the disease before the civil war began more than 2 ? years ago.