New polio cases confirmed near Syria's capital and Aleppo
WHO launched a polio vaccination campaign earlier this month in Syria and neighboring countries in an effort to curb the spread of the paralyzing disease (AP)
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The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that polio has spread to two new areas near Syria's main cities of Damascus and Aleppo, according to Reuters.
WHO announced the new outbreaks via twitter, indicating that new polio cases had been confirmed near the capital and in the northern part of Aleppo near the Turkish border.
"In addition to 15 polio cases in Deir al-Zor province, Syria, two additional cases have been confirmed, one each in rural Damascus and Aleppo," the tweet said.
WHO announced the discovery of the disease's presence in the country earlier this year due to the war conditions that have left many young children without proper vaccinations against the paralyzing disease. More than 13 children have been infected and crippled thus far.