- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BEIRUT (AP) - In a rare success amid Syria’s civil war, the United Nation’s World Health Organization says there hasn’t been a new polio case reported in the war-torn country for the past year.

Salah Haithami of the WHO said Tuesday that the last polio case in Syria was in January 2014.

Polio broke out in Syria in late 2013 as the country’s battered health infrastructure meant that parents couldn’t immunize their children. The disease ultimately infected 38 children, including two in neighboring Iraq.

Haithami said the U.N.-led regional response to immunize 27 million children against the highly-contagious virus prevented it from spreading further.

The swift reaction to contain the virus is a rare, successful regional effort to deal with the calamities of Syria’s conflict, now in its fourth year.

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