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WHO Confirms Third Case of Polio in Nigeria

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The World Health Organization, WHO, has confirmed a third case of polio in Nigeria, Rotary Club said on Monday.

A crippled toddler was found in an area newly liberated from Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

Nigeria was declared polio-free last year but two cases were discovered last month among refugees from areas recently won back by Nigeria’s military from Boko Haram.

Rotary Club’s field coordinator, Aminu Muhammad, told The Associated Press that the new case was found in Monguno local government area. The others were further south in Jere and Gwoza, all are in northern Borno state.

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Rotary is part of a new emergency immunization drive that vaccinated more than 1.5 million children last week in Borno, where WHO has said the virus has been circulating undetected for five years and where Boko Haram began its Islamic uprising in 2009.

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