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Conflict-Affected Areas Risk Spread Of Polio, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries “An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that ‘the possibility of international spread still remains…

News Outlets Examine Challenges To Polio Elimination Efforts In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: How far is Pakistan willing to go to fight polio? “Pakistani police recently arrested nearly 500 parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. DW examines why vaccination efforts have failed up to this point…” (Haider, 3/3). National Geographic: Taliban…

Polio Vaccination Teams Attacked In Pakistan; At Least 5 Dead

Associated Press: In Pakistan, vaccinating children has become a deadly battle “…Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers, and suspicions lingered about the inoculations…” (Santana, 2/18). International Business Times: Pakistan Polio Update: Vaccination Team Attacked In Khyber Agency;…

Africa Reaches Milestone Of 6 Months With No New Polio Cases

The Guardian: Africa close to wiping out wild polio after six months free of disease “Africa has gone six months without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, experts say, raising hopes that the disease could be wiped out on the continent sooner than expected…” (Smith, 2/13).

Upcoming Elections Could Threaten Nigeria’s Current Polio-Free Status, Experts Worry

TIME: Nigerian Elections Threaten Campaign to Make Africa Polio-Free “…If [Nigeria] can stay [polio-free] another six months it will be removed from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) polio-endemic list, leaving just Pakistan and Afghanistan behind. But the general election, on February 14, has global public health officials worried that Nigeria…