Scores of people in the Republic of Congo have died in a polio outbreak, and health providers are gearing up to thwart the flare-up, the United Nations' health agency said Wednesday.
The World Health Organization said 85 deaths have been reported in and around Pointe Noire, on the coast of the west-central African nation, which neighbors the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those deaths are among 184 reported cases.
"The cases are continuing to rise. The government has declared this an emergency and the Ministry of Health is launching a vaccination campaign starting Friday," said Sona Bari, a spokeswoman for WHO's polio eradication agency.