South Sudan confirms new outbreak of vaccine-related polio

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News Story Source: Natural News – Ramon Tomey
(Natural News) Health officials in the African nation of South Sudan confirmed a new outbreak of the poliovirus – ironically caused by vaccinations against it. The South Sudan Ministry of Health (MOH) said 15 vaccine-derived polio cases were identified in the northwestern portion of the country. Vaccine-derived polio is a rare instance in which the weakened poliovirus in the vaccines mutates and causes sickness, instead of providing immunity against the pathogen it is supposed to protect against.

Dr. John Pasquale Romunu, the South Sudan MOH's director-general for preventative health services, told reporters that the outbreak of vaccine-derived polio "has affected quite a number of counties and states." He nevertheless assured that "the [ministry] and its partners are working on it, and I think it is under control."

Mayien Machut, a South Sudan MOH undersecretary, said the country's status as "wild poliovirus-free" remained in place des
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