Polio outbreak in Kenyan refugee complex contained

The U.N. reported on Friday that a recent polio outbreak in a refugee complex in Kenya is now being contained.

Polio, also known as poliomyelitis, is an acute viral infectious disease that comes in numerous strands and is spread from person to person by fecal matter passing into the mouth. Most of the people who are infected with polio show no symptoms, however for those who do show symptoms, they are affected in a severe manner, which can include paralysis in the legs. Polio can easily be avoided by early vaccination.

An extensive vaccination campaign was used to contain this recent outbreak of polio in the Dadaab complex, which is located in north-eastern Kenya. The campaign targeted about 288,000 children between the ages of zero to 15 years of age.

The outbreak of polio was first discovered on May 17. Laboratory tests were used to confirm that four people had the highly infectious strain of polio.

The first rounds of vaccination were completed on Friday. Another round is expected to start in one week, and will target the remaining population in the Dadaab complex, which is about 424,000 people. U.N. officials plan to have a total of fours rounds of vaccinations in total.