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(CIDRAP News) – Polio cases in Africa were almost halved in 2011, but the disease shows worrisome trends in some countries, health officials reported today as the continent geared up to vaccinate 111 million children against the disease.
The number of suspected and confirmed cases in the nation climbed from 86 to 103.
The WHO notes 15 new deaths, but it revised the number of confirmed deaths downward.
The WHO will launch a $100 million plan tomorrow, and the CDC advises against nonessential travel.
An emergency committee next week will consider if West Africa's Ebola outbreak is a health emergency as US officials prepare to airlift two sick American aid workers.
A US doctor with Ebola is improving and new cases have been reported in Morocco and Nigeria, as the outbreak reaches 1,603 cases and 887 deaths.
The second American infected with Ebola returned home today, as new information emerged about experimental treatment use and more possible cases.
With the situation in Nigeria worsening, CDC takes an action it last took during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.
An official of a leading aid group asserts that inaction by the rest of the world has let the disease get out of control.
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