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Kenya Reports First Polio Case in Two Decades


Kenya reports finding its first case of polio in more than two decades at a refugee camp near the border with Somalia.

Kenya's health ministry and the World Health Organization confirmed Tuesday that a three-and-a-half-year old Somali girl born at Hagadera camp in northeastern Kenya has contracted the highly contagious disease. It is the first known case of polio in Kenya since 1984.

The director of medical services at the health ministry says the infected child has been isolated to prevent the spread of the disease.

The girl developed paralysis of the legs last month. She reportedly had been vaccinated against polio and had never traveled to Somalia, where more than 200 polio cases have been confirmed since last year.

Several thousand Somalis cross into Kenya every week to escape conflict in their country.

Health officials are trying to learn whether the girl's polio was imported or contracted in Kenya.

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