KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The World Health Organization is urging Ukraine’s health ministry to declare a state of emergency due to a polio outbreak, a move meant to prompt more action from the government in Kiev.
In September, Ukraine announced two polio cases — the first in Europe since 2010.
The U.N. health agency recommended that Ukraine declare a state of emergency and « respond to the polio outbreak as quickly and effectively as possible, » Dorit Nitzan, head of the WHO’s office in Ukraine, told journalists.
Half of Ukraine’s children have not been vaccinated against polio.
Polio is a highly infectious, paralyzing disease on the brink of elimination. Aside from Ukraine, cases have only been reported in six other countries this year, with the majority in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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