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Polio spreads from Pakistan to Egypt

- January 21, 2013 - Updated 1921 PKT - From Web Edition

CAIRO: A state of emergency has been declared in Alexandria and Cairo cities of Egypt after the polio virus transferred to the country from Pakistan.


Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell in Pakistan has directed all provincial governments to set up polio counters at airports and all internal and external routes across the country.


In a joint statement, World Health Organization, UNICEF and Polio Monitoring Cell have termed this situation as critical and alarming for the anti-polio campaign in Pakistan.

The statement further adds that children under the age of five would not be allowed to leave Pakistan without having had polio drops.


On the other hand, emergency has been imposed in Alexandria and Cairo cities of Egypt where anti-polio drive would soon be launched for 3 million children.


Before this recent outbreak, Egypt had been polio free since 2004.

Reader Comments
Now Pakistan has the distinction of spreading terrorism and polio. Keep it up.

C. Nandkishore
how possible that virus spread from Pakistan to Egypt, there is no direct flight operating between Pakistan & Egypt. Suppose, we believe on this news and consider some passengers traveled to Egypt using Middle Eastern carrier then there will be a stopover somewhere in middle eastern country then particular middle eastern country will also be on virus infection risk, right?

How they know it came from Pakistan?

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