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Information on the polio outbreak in Syria

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Prior to the current outbreak, Syria’s last confirmed polio case (due to an imported wild poliovirus) was in 1999. Syria remained polio free until October 2013 when wild poliovirus was confirmed in Deir ez-Zor, and Aleppo, following importation of wild poliovirus closely related to strains currently circulating in Pakistan. The total number of confirmed polio cases in 2013 was 23.

Polio situation reports

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

24 422

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)


Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population)


Total life expectancy at birth (years)


Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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Regional Health Observatory