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Nigeria, Pakistan Face Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

News outlets report on challenges to polio eradication efforts in Nigeria and Pakistan.

Voice of America: Despite Insecurity, Polio Drops 85% in Nigeria
“Aid workers in Nigeria say they have never been closer to eradicating polio, with only four new cases reported this year. But as insurgent attacks grow more violent in the north, the workers say vaccination programs are at ‘high risk’ and continued success will depend on new strategies to reach children in what have become war zones…” (Murdock, 7/11).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Pakistanis use fake polio vaccination cards to travel overseas
“Pakistanis seeking to travel overseas have used fake polio vaccination certificates to circumvent rules put in place to stem the spread of the crippling virus…” (Bhalla, 7/11).