Pakistan faces new polio cases

In this Jan. 30, 2014 photo, Pakistani Samia Gul, holds her 11-month-old daughter, Shaista, while doing her laundry at her home in Peshawar, Pakistan. Then the polio virus struck Shaista and she was no longer able to stand, her legs buckling beneath her weight. Her mother cries a lot and wonders what will become of her daughter, already at a disadvantage in Pakistan’s male-dominated society, where a woman’s value is often measured by the quality of her husband. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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Five new polio cases surfaced in Pakistan in just the first month of this year. Last year, Pakistan recorded 92 new cases, beating Nigeria and Afghanistan — the only other polio-endemic countries — by almost 2 to 1, the World Health Organization said. (AP)

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