Cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9% since 1988, but complete eradication is proving elusive

Two separate outbreaks of polio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have set back global efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.

Two cases in Haut-Lomami province and another two in Maniema were confirmed by the World Health Organisation, which last week said the virus had also come back in Syria.

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