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Fleeing civilians trigger fears of spreading polio in Pakistan

By Agence France-Presse in Bannu, Pakistan ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-27 07:22:10

Tribal residents who didn't have vaccine escape fighting between govt, Taliban

Pakistani health officials are rushing to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of children against polio amid fears that a civilian exodus from a tribal area where the virus is rampant could spread the disease around the country.

Nearly half a million people have fled a military operation against Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan, a hot spot for the crippling disease in Pakistan.

Fleeing civilians trigger fears of spreading polio in Pakistan

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