Polio in Pakistan
- Pakistan is one of three countries that remains polio-endemic.
- Failure to eradicate polio from these remaining strongholds could result in 200,000 new global cases every year within 10 years.
- Pakistan's nationwide eradication program has existed since 1994, but instability and war hampers efforts.
- Polio is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis and even death.
- The virus mainly affects children under five years of age.
(source: World Health Organization)