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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation. The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases. Ayesha Farooq, who heads the prime minister’s special polio-eradication...

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