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by Nana Martirosyan
Armenia's Health Care Ministry urges all Armenians who have immigrated from Syria over the last month to get vaccinated against poliomyelitis.
The press service of the Ministry reports that this measure is supposed to prevent the possible spread of the disease in the country.
The Ministry quotes WHO as reporting a polio epidemic in the Syrian province of Deir ez Zor.
"There is a cluster of 22 acute flaccid paralysis cases that is being investigated in that area. Everybody is treating this as an outbreak and is in outbreak response mode. Two cases have already been confirmed by laboratory tests while the WHO expects final laboratory confirmation on the remaining 20 cases next week. There are more than 100,000 children, all under age five, now at risk of polio in Deir Ezzor province alone," WHO says.
Acute poliomyelitis is a disease of the anterior horn motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem caused by poliovirus. Flaccid asymmetric weakness and muscle atrophy are the hallmarks of its clinical manifestations, due to loss of motor neurons and denervation of their associated skeletal muscles. Because of the success of poliovirus vaccine, poliomyelitis, once one of the most feared human infectious diseases, is now almost entirely preventable by proper immunization.