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The Ongoing War on Polio Workers in Pakistan

Mary Slosson

The headline has become sadly familiar: two more polio vaccination campaign health workers were killed by militants on Sunday in Pakistan, one of only three countries in which polio is still endemic. The others are Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Nearly 20 polio health workers have been killed over the past 12 months. They are targeted because, militants say, the United States used the ruse of a traveling health worker to try to determine the location of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

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