Individual health in Syria is not only at risk due to violence, but also due to contagious diseases. In fact, one disease that had previously been eradicated from the country is now back. The BBC reports:
Syria was declared free of polio in 1999. But the disease re-emerged last year, after two years of conflict. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are now 25 laboratory-confirmed cases in the country, with another 13 confirmations pending. But Syrian doctors put the number of children with clinical symptoms of polio much higher, at at least 110. And for every victim, there are at least 200 people – some doctors say up to 1,000 – carrying and spreading the virus.
The human toll of the war in Syria keeps growing.