Tuesday, June 22

Oh Yeah...Bush Promised Medical Aid to Africa Last Year, Did He Not?

So how goes the health over there?

Nigerian Fears Lead to Widespread Polio Outbreak

Fear and rumors in northern Nigeria about polio vaccinations have led to an outbreak of the disease, undermining an ambitious campaign to eradicate polio by the end of the year, international health officials said Tuesday.

The disease has swept from Nigeria into 10 other African countries that had been declared polio-free, threatening the largest epidemic seen in years, they said.

The epicenter of the polio outbreak is Kano state in northern Nigeria, a Muslim area that suspended polio vaccinations last year after religious leaders warned that they caused female infertility, officials from the World Health Organization said.