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    Khost records 3 positive polio cases in a decade

    KHOST CITY (PAN): Southeastern Khost province recorded three new positive polio cases in a decade on Saturday as health officials confirmed presence of poliomyelitis in three vaccinated children in a district near the Pakistani border.

    The affected children belonged to a village in the Qalander district that lies near the Pakistani border, Public Health Director Dr. Amir Badsha Mangal said, adding it remained unclear how the virus got to Khost which has been polio-free since 2002.

    He said the affected children had been administered polio drops during a campaign aimed at left-over and migrated children.

    World Health Organization (WHO) official in Khost, Dr. Daud Shah believed the virus made its journey through the long border between Khost and northern Waziristan region of Pakistan.

    Recently, 23 positive cases were registered in northern Waziristan, he said.

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