Polio cases down worldwide, trouble spots remain
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Wassilak voiced hope that the problem of parental reluctance -- which also exists in Nigeria -- could be overcome, citing India as an example. That country has not reported a polio infection since January 2011.
"It requires working more closely with community leaders and greater political commitment at all levels, which is what we are seeing in both Pakistan and Nigeria," he said.
Experts are worried about polio cases in Nigeria, as in the past, infections have spread to Sudan, Chad and 23 other countries.
The highly infectious disease affects mainly those under the age of five and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. Some cases can be fatal.
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