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January 22, 2013 It appears polio has spread from endemic Pakistan to Egypt after cases were reported in Alexandria and Cairo. Pakistan Today reports: Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell in Pakistan has directed all provincial governments to set up polio counters at airports and all internal and external routes across the country. In a joint statement, World Health Organisation, UNICEF and Polio Monitoring Cell have termed this situation as critical and alarming for the anti-polio campaign in Pakistan. The statement further adds that children under the age of five would not be allowed to leave Pakistan without having had polio drops. On the other hand, emergency has been imposed in Alexandria and Cairo cities of Egypt where anti-polio drive would soon be launched for 3 million children. Before this recent outbreak, Egypt had been polio free since 2004.
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The Daily Impact: Polio Cases Detected in Egypt