Philippines Polio Cases a Warning for Vulnerable Ukraine

October 3, 2019

(Reuters) – The first cases of the child-crippling polio virus in the Philippines for 19 years are a warning for countries such as Ukraine, where low immunity offers fertile ground for viral epidemics, disease experts say. Ukraine already has a big outbreak of measles – one of the world’s most contagious diseases – with almost 57,000 cases and 18 deaths recorded in the first eight months of this year, according to health ministry figures.

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