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    Posted November 29, 2010 by
    Brazzaville, Congo
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    Red Cross responds to polio outbreak in Congo


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     FayeIFRC, communications manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Africa, traveled last week to the Republic of Congo, where thousands of volunteers are responding to a recent polio outbreak. 'Volunteers just go up to people and give them the vaccination in the street. It's incredible -- there was a traffic jam and the volunteers were just going down the road giving them to taxi drivers, not missing any opportunity,' she said. 'It's critical that 100 percent of the population are immunized against it, because otherwise it can just spread again.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    A Polio outbreak in Congo Brazzaville has so far killed over 170 people. The Red Cross is assisting the Government in the vaccination of the entire population, over 3.6 million people.


    Immunisation against Polio is the only way to erradicate it completely so it's critical everyone receives all three rounds of the vaccination. The last case of Polio in the Republic of Congo was recorded over ten years ago so it's a surprise that it has surfaced again now, underlining the importance of maintaining vigilant immunisation.


    Red Cross volunteers go door to door, talk to people in schools, markets and in the street to administer the vaccine, encourage them to take all three doses and pass on messages about the importance good basic hygiene to avoid the further spread of the disease.

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