Mali Polio Campaign to Start Wednesday After Case Confirmed

Mali will start its first polio vaccination campaign on Wednesday through Sept. 12 after the first confirmed case in four years was detected, the World Health Organization said.

The campaign will cover the capital, Bamako, and its outskirts, Lucien Manga, Mali’s WHO representative, said in an e-mailed response to questions. “Three other campaigns will follow. The second will start before the end of September.”

The West African nation’s authorities first detected a paralysis case in a 19-month-old child who was brought from neighboring Guinea to seek treatment in Bamako.

“The source of the infection was quickly traced,” Manga said. “They took measures to prevent the spread of the virus and are investigating to understand what happened. They set up an emergency response team, called partners and resources.”

About $1 billion a year is being spent by partners of a worldwide polio eradication initiative, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization and Rotary International. Nigeria, which is polio-endemic, marked one year in July with no new cases of the virus.

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