Alarm as Zambia Reports First Polio Case in 24 Years

Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995 - a two-year-old boy paralyzed by a strain of the virus derived from the vaccine. In rare cases, the live virus in the oral polio vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks. The WHO has urged increased surveillance and vaccination efforts, warning that "there is a potential for an international spread".

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