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Pakistan’s Refugee Crisis Fuels Danger of Spreading Polio Virus

Pakistan’s Refugee Crisis Fuels Danger of Spreading Polio Virus

CNN – The growing refugee crisis in northwestern Pakistan is fueling the danger of spreading the polio virus among the displaced population in emergency camps, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.

More than 450,000 Pakistanis have fled their homes in the past two weeks as the military tries to root out militants in the North Waziristan region near the border with Afghanistan.

But “this number could reach 600,000 as the military operation continues,” federal minister for states and frontier regions, retired Lt. Gen. Abdul Qadri Baloch, said during a news conference on Pakistan State TV Wednesday.

That could mean an even bigger danger of spreading the disease as the number of refugees increases.

Military officials said many of the refugees have moved into camps in the nearby Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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