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Poliovirus type 2 found in wastewater in Gaza Strip

A poliovirus variant has been discovered in six wastewater samples in Khan Younis and Deir Al Balah, two cities in southern and central Gaza. Gaza’s Health Ministry called it a “health disaster” in a Facebook post on Friday. The tests, conducted in collaboration with UNICEF, detected the presence of poliovirus type 2, which causes the disease polio. Gaza officials said …

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More than 1,300 hajj pilgrims have died this year due to scorching heat, Saudi Arabia says

About 1,300 people died during this year’s hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as worshipers faced extremely high temperatures at Muslim holy sites in the desert kingdom, Saudi authorities said on Sunday. Saudi Health Minister Fahd bin Abdurrahman Al-Jaljel said 83 percent of the 1,301 fatalities were unauthorized pilgrims walking long distances in high temperatures to perform hajj rituals in and …

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