Polio travel restrictions enforced in Pakistan

Travelers from Pakistan are required to present valid polio vaccination certificates from Sunday.

Polio travel restrictions enforced in Pakistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistanis traveling abroad are required to present polio vaccination certificates in line with World Health Organization's travel restrictions enforced from Sunday.

The restriction imposed by UN's health agency on May 5 aims at containing the possible spread of polio virus.

According to the agency, Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria pose the greatest risk of wild polio virus exportations in 2014.

Currently, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan are the only countries where polio is endemic, whereas the virus is active in ten countries.

There have been 67 people in Pakistan testing positive for the disease in 2014. 52 of these cases were reported in lawless North Waziristan region of the country.

The increase in the number of polio cases in the tribal belt is the result of a de facto ban on anti-polio vaccination imposed by some Taliban groups in protest against a fake anti-polio vaccination campaign launched by a local CIA agent to track down slain Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in 2001.

Last Mod: 02 Haziran 2014, 09:40
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