Polio has paralyzed 17 children in the Mayadin and Raqqa regions. Both areas are located in ISIS-controlled regions.
There are now 14 new cases in the region. This is the first outbreak of Polio in the region since 2014.
The WHO has stated that the first symptoms began to emerge back in March.
The WHO performed lab tests which have shown the cases are “vaccine-derived,” which means the outbreak is confirmed to be caused by the polio vaccines carrying live viruses.
So how does this happen? It requires the live virus to pass through the intestines and into the water supply. When the water supply is rooted in contaminated, unclean sources, it allows the virus to spread. However, the WHO is blaming what’s known as “herd immunity,” saying that underimmunization is to blame. Their logic is that if more kids were vaccinated, the live virus spreading through the water system wouldn’t be relevant.
According to the BBC.
Mr Jasarevic said the outbreak meant there was significant under-immunisation in the Mayadin area, and that in response the WHO planned to vaccinate 90,000 children under the age of five there and 320,000 others elsewhere in Deir al-Zour.
“We are very worried, because obviously if there is already one case of polio of a kid that is paralysed it’s already an outbreak,” he warned.
“We know for example that for one kid that is paralysed there are almost 200 asymptomatic so it means that virus circulating, so it is very serious.”
Here’s the thing: Wouldn’t it make sense to donate billions to clean water supplies? That seems like a pretty logical way to solve this issue. Instead, the “solve” is more vaccines with more live viruses pouring out into sewage waters. You never know how this might end, make sure you have your bug out bag essentials ready.