Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




EPIDEMICS
Iraq reports first suspected polio case since 2000
by Staff Writers
Baghdad (AFP) March 26, 2014


Iraq's health ministry said Wednesday it had found its first suspected polio case in 14 years, which could have originated in neighbouring Syria where confirmed cases have sparked a region-wide alert.

The suspected case was found in a young boy in Bab al-Sham near Baghdad, ministry spokesman Ziad Tariq told AFP.

He said the case was not yet confirmed and that samples had been sent to the United States for further testing, with results expected on Sunday.

If confirmed, it would be Iraq's first case of polio since 2000.

"We suspect the case originated in Syria," Tariq said. "We are afraid of that, we have thousands of refugees from Syria, and the health situation is complicated because Anbar is bordering Syria."

Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province in western Iraq, has been long been a source of unrest in Iraq.

In early January, anti-government fighters took control of all of the Anbar city of Fallujah, and parts of the provincial capital Ramadi, some of which they still hold.

Late last year, the UN confirmed that at least 17 children in war-wracked Syria had been paralysed by polio, in the country's first cases of the disease since 1999.

Fifteen of the cases were in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, large swathes of which are under rebel control.

The outbreak in the midst of Syria's three-year-old civil war prompted the World Health Organisation and UN childrens' agency UNICEF to launch a vaccination campaign for 23 million children across the Middle East, which got under way in earnest this month.

Tariq said a vaccination campaign was already under way in Iraq and would run until April 6, over and above routine childhood vaccinations.

.


Related Links
Epidemics on Earth - Bird Flu, HIV/AIDS, Ebola






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





EPIDEMICS
Guinea confirms Ebola as source of deadly epidemic
Conakry (AFP) March 22, 2014
Guinea identified the Ebola virus Saturday as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 59. Experts in the west African nation had been unable to identify the disease, whose symptoms - diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding - were first observed six weeks ago, but scientists studying samples in the French city of Lyon confirmed it ... read more


EPIDEMICS
Eight killed, 108 unaccounted for in huge US landslide

MH370 relatives stage Beijing march against Malaysia

MH370 search back on as weather improves

US landslide death toll rises to 24

EPIDEMICS
MIT engineers design 'living materials'

Unavoidable disorder used to build nanolaser

Cisco pushes into 'cloud' with $1 bn investment

Facebook takes $2 billion dive into virtual reality

EPIDEMICS
Lots of carbon dioxide equivalents from aquatic environments

Deep Ocean Current May Slow Due to Climate Change

Global warming may increase methane emissions from freshwater ecosystems

High-tech materials purify water with sunlight

EPIDEMICS
Ancient Indonesian climate shift linked to glacial cycle

Glacial advances in Nyainqentanglha maybe linked to North Atlantic cooling

Permafrost Thaw Exacerbates Climate Change

Braving perilous Drake Passage to Brazil's Antarctic base

EPIDEMICS
Flood of dead pigs in China reservoir: report

Stanford professor maps by-catch as unintended consequence of global fisheries

Research reveals true value of cover crops to farmers, environment

Small, compact hyperspectral sensor ideal for farm field

EPIDEMICS
Text messages aim to save lives in flood-prone Africa

Off-rift volcanoes explained

Ground-improvement methods might protect against earthquakes

Strong quake strikes off Chile

EPIDEMICS
France calls for more European troops for C.Africa mission

Chinese nationals held in Nigeria for illegal fishing

Peacekeepers seize large weapons cache in C. Africa

French kill jihadist commander in Mali

EPIDEMICS
Eyes are windows to the soul -- and evolution

New stratigraphic research makes Little Foot the oldest complete Australopithecus

Stirring the simmering 'designer baby' pot

Empathy chimpanzees offer is key to understanding human engagement




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.