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WHO responds to major polio outbreak in Angola

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1310
  1. Phyllida Brown
  1. London

Health workers in war torn Angola are struggling to contain one of the worst epidemics of polio that international organisations have seen worldwide in a decade. “This clearly is a huge outbreak,” warned Harry Hull, senior adviser for polio eradication at the World Health Organisation's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. “It's a tragedy.”

By 11 May, the most recent date for which figures are available, the WHO had received official reports of 818 cases of …

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