“Eastern Africa is free of polio again, with four countries â€“ Ethiopia , Kenya, Sudan and Uganda â€“ having reported no cases of the crippling disease for more than a year, U.N. and other aid agencies said on Friday,” Reuters reports (7/30). The WHO “said the region had responded fast to the outbreak,” according to the Daily Monitor. The article reports that the four countries now “join neighbouring Somalia which has been polio free for the last three years” (Lirri, 8/2).
Media outlets continued to reflect on news from the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, which attracted over 19,000 participants from 193 countries to Vienna last week, according to the conference blog.
This year “India has reported the lowest number of polio cases in [the] January-June period … in a decade,” PTI/ZeeTV reports. Twenty-four cases were detected between January and June this year, compared to 151 in the corresponding 2009 period, and 317 in January-June 2008 (7/29).
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