File - Monday Nov. 25, 2013, a Pakistani child is vaccinated against polio by a health worker in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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The spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in coming months and ultimately unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease, the World Health Organization said Monday.Polio usually strikes children under 5 and is most often spread via infected water.Last week, WHO convened an emergency committee to decide whether the ongoing polio outbreaks merited the declaration of an international health emergency.In February, WHO found polio had also returned to Iraq.Dozens of Pakistani polio health workers have been killed in the last two years and the vast majority of new cases are in Pakistan.
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