Poliovirus detected in Gambia

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Gambian Health Minister Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said in a statement that the poliovirus had been detected in samples taken in the country’s capital, Bajul, and in the resort town of Kotu.

Noting that this means the dreaded virus is circulating in the country of about 2 million people, Samateh announced that the government is planning a vaccination campaign to stop the outbreak.

Samateh said the campaigns target all children under the age of five.

In Africa, with the exception of The Gambia, the poliovirus has been detected in countries such as Uganda, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan.

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