Syria's New Woes: Polio, Flesh-Eating Parasites
Vaccination program breaks down
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
A child is administered a polio vaccine.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

(Newser) – Syria's clerics last week gave the starving people of Damascus the OK to eat dog, and the bad news has not ended there. The World Health Organization now suspects polio has returned to the country. If verified, these would be the first recorded cases there since 1999. And it's just one on a list of what the Telegraph calls health "flare-ups": measles, typhoid, hepatitis, and tens of thousands of cases of the flesh-eating parasite leishmaniasis have also surfaced.

As for the potential polio cases, the WHO is still waiting for a lab to confirm the results, but 22 people in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor have symptoms of what is "very likely" polio. The WHO places much of the blame on the breakdown of the country's immunization program; the BBC notes vaccination rates sank from 95% to 45% between 2010 and 2013. Worse still, Syria's porous borders could endanger other countries. The Telegraph notes that cases of both leishmaniasis and measles have been recorded among refugees in Lebanon.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Oct 24, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
Al Queda reminds me a lot of the NVA soldiers who cut off arms of kids immunized by US soldiers.
reallybig
Oct 21, 2013 5:50 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD...... Look for those (CIA) death squads .. using phony doctors again, to be the one's spreading this new catastrophe, like the Pakistani doctor did .. REALLY PS; Bin Laden and his family received fake polio shots from the (CIA) Pakistani doctor?
Tscare333
Oct 21, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
Bashar won't be leaving any time soon,neither would the monstrous rebels I just wish good luck for the Syrian people in the rough ride they're up against.