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U.N. reports 10 polio cases confirmed in Syria

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Posted at 8:11 AM, Oct 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-29 08:11:31-04

The U.N.’s health agency said Tuesday it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the diseases in the country in 14 years, and there is a risk of it spreading across the region. That’s according to a report from CBS News.

Officials are investigating another 12 cases showing polio symptoms, said World Health Organization spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer.

He said the confirmed cases are among babies and toddlers who were “under-immunized.”

“The risk is high of spread across the region,” Rosenbauer said.

Read the complete story from CBS News, HERE.