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Britain to donate £10m in fight against polio in East Africa

TREATMENT: A WHO official gives a dose of Polio Vaccine to Somali child in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006 (PA)

BRITAIN WILL donate £10m to help vaccinate more than six million people after an outbreak of polio in Somalia and Kenya.

Following the primary detection of polio in the Banaadir district of Somalia's capital Mogasdishu and in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in May this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found 105 recorded cases in both East African countries to date.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said WHO warned an epidemic could spread across East Africa.

Greening said: "While the world has almost eradicated polio, this new outbreak shows that we cannot rest until we have stamped it out completely."

He added: "There is a very real risk that this outbreak could quickly become a problem across the entire region.

"We must act now to stop this deadly and debilitating disease from spreading further."

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