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Afghanistan has a new war to fight, one against polio

Aug 21, 2014    

By Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni/ReutersKabul Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children.Keeping the highly infectious polio disease in check in any country is a daunting task. But in a nation where Taliban militants are fast gaining ground against government forces, it's also a dangerous one.Afghanistan is one of only three nations where the polio virus is still endemic, along with Pakistan and Nigeria. For a nation at wa...

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