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Egypt to vaccinate after polio found in sewer

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(Associated Press) Egypt will carry out a vaccination campaign for children in parts of Cairo after polio was recently found in the capital’s sewage, believed to have been brought to the country from Pakistan, a Health Ministry official said Thursday.

The discovery underlined concerns over the possibility of a spread of polio from Pakistan, one of only three countries in the world where it has not been eradicated. A wild poliovirus was found in samples taken from sewage in the impoverished Cairo districts of Ezbet el-Haggana and Dar el-Salam and it was determined to be related to a strain present in Pakistan, the World Health Organization said.

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