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5 more polio cases emerge in Fata, KP

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PESHAWAR: Four new polio cases from North Waziristan and one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa emerged on Tuesday, bringing total number of countrywide affected children to 58, this year.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas has so far recorded 45 polio cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa nine and Sindh four in 2014. Fata and KP together are responsible for 93 per cent of the total cases.

More than 160,000 children risked contracting polio due to their non-vaccination since 2012 when militants banned anti-polio vaccination in the North and South Waziristan Agencies.

No supplementary immunisation activities have been conducted in North and South Waziristan since June 2012.

The four children, who tested positive for polio, didn't receive any dose of the oral anti-polio vaccine.

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