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Posted: May 6, 2014 at 4:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It can become endemic in the entire world if we do not complete the eradication of this disease.” Dr. Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization official in charge of polio eradication, on the resurgence of the paralyzing virus once thought nearly eliminated, and the recommendation for all residents of Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon to get vaccinated before traveling abroad.

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Polio a world crisis, WHO says

A Pakistani health worker gives a child a polio vaccine in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 5, 2014. For the first time, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, May. 5, 2014,  A leader of a protest march for 276 missing schoolgirls said that Nigeria's First Lady ordered her and another protest leader arrested Monday, expressed doubts there was any kidnapping and accused them of belonging to the Islamic insurgent group blamed for the abductions. Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok town said State Security Service agents drove her and protest leader Naomi Mutah Nyadar to a police station Monday. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

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