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Polio outbreak in Ukraine likely to spread, WHO warns

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4749
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Two children have been paralysed in Ukraine in the first polio outbreak in Europe for five years—an outbreak that the World Health Organization has warned is likely to spread.

The children, one aged 4 years and the other 10 months, were infected with circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 1. These types of virus are rare, but WHO warned that they could emerge in populations that are …

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