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UN: 21 nations take up polio 'emergency'

7:19 AM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says 21 nations in the Middle East and emergency priority, and are singling out Pakistan as a key part of the problem. nearby regions are jointly declaring the eradication of polio as an

The U.N.'s health agency's statement Wednesday said the joint resolution by nations in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean region have called on Pakistan to urgently vaccinate all of its children to prevent the virus from spreading internationally.

WHO officials said earlier this week that the polio virus has now been confirmed in 13 of 22 children who became paralyzed in a northern Syrian province.

The health agency says the Syria outbreak comes from a strain that originated in Pakistan, where, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, it is endemic.

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