November 10th, 2010
12:35 PM ET

Republic of Congo copes with deadly polio outbreak

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.


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  1. Wait a second

    Isn't that the same country that has the death penalty for gay people? Will they ever have a clue on how to run a country?

    November 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    The French would do far better to help the Congolese fight that country's polio epidemic than to help fight that useless war in Afghanistan. Sarkozy doesn't seem to be doing a very good job. They sould've elected Segolene Royal instead!!!

    November 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    I will keep plain and simple. The African males are just a bunch of stupid whatevers. That is a fact.
    Because the intelligent approach to solving their problems is uniting and having a coordinated effort. This requires a federal government, a capital and all the countries made states. They copy the USA and become the African United States keeping their names.
    I could give a f about the varying size difference, I only want those worthless males to become responsible for their own people. If not....
    Then I think killing all them first should be considered in light of the Earth's over population problem since they themselves do not care enough for their own people why should those who know what may have to be done for others to live.
    So put simply. African countries either unite and take care of your own and you all will be wiped out someday.
    Because if a choice has to be made, you will be chose first because currently you are a non productive burden breathing valuable air.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Wow should probably check your heart rate and calm down a little. Them was some harsh words there.

    November 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @Daniel...nobody gives a crap about France unless on vacation. Kentucky has more pull than France. Chatting about what France will do is like wondering how Orange County could fix the Congo. No, Orange County could buy France and have it shipped to Australia.

    November 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John in Indy

    My IQ is lowering just reading these comments... Especially #2. What in the world could polio in the Congo have to do with the French in Afganistan? Are you really that much of a self-hating liberal that every possible chance you have to rip one of our endeavors? I really shouldn't be astonished at the rediculous positions self-flagellating libs take.

    November 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. what

    Great these people allowed to come to usa thanks to obama,aids,std's,diseases and polio can come here and we pay their medical cost

    November 11, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. K jacktown michigan

    let um rot!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. concerned reader

    you guys are a bunch of immature lifeless losers, try going out into the world, these problems face us every day, quit complaining and do something about it if it bothers you so much

    November 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |