WHO: Polio is international health emergency

May 05, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT
A Pakistani child receives an oral polio vaccine during an anti-polio campaign in Rawalpindi on October 1, 2013.
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The concern about the swift spreading of polio has reached international levels -- or at least it should, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO has declared polio an international health emergency as it is going uncontained in three countries rife with civil conflict.

Background:

Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares [New York Times]

World Health Organization: Polio Is an International Emergency [The Atlantic]

WHO: Polio Vaccine Mandatory for Departing Pakistanis [VOA News]

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