Pakistan Braces For Polio Travel Restrictions

ISLAMABAD (May 6, 2014) Officials in Pakistan were scrambling Tuesday to meet new international travel restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of polio, the country’s health minister said.

The World Health Organization has declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency and it identified Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon as having allowed the virus to spread beyond their borders.

The WHO recommended that those three governments require citizens to obtain a certificate proving they have been vaccinated for polio before traveling abroad.

Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar said the restrictions will be a heavy burden, but said Pakistan is implementing emergency measures to comply.

She told the private Dawn TV station on Tuesday that emergency meetings have been convened to develop a new strategy.

Pakistan's main hurdle is that militants accuse polio workers of spying for the U.S. government.

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