Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

Polio has returned to the Middle East in a devastating form as a result of war, terrorism, a collapse of services and a refugee crisis right across the region. Moreover, the strain that is already infecting Syrian children has probably arisen from Pakistan, which is witnessing the same symptoms of war and refugees.

At least 10 children have tested positive for polio in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zour province with another 12 suffering from paralysis symptoms, according to the World Health Organisation, which fears a major regional outbreak of the disease is already under way due to the collapse of health services, not just in Syria but also in neighbouring Iraq and even parts of Lebanon and Jordan where local health facilities are overwhelmed by refugees.