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Scaremongering Video Undermines Anti-Polio Drive in Pakistan

Police in northwestern Pakistan have detained a man and are hunting down his suspected associates for spreading unfounded rumors through fake social media videos that a polio vaccine led to fainting and vomiting. The detainee, Nazar Muhammad, who teaches at a private school near the Peshawar city, is seen in the scaremongering Twitter videos instructing his students to faint and pretend to be sick from the oral polio vaccine (OPV). The videos emerged Monday during the ongoing three-day polio vaccination campaign and quickly went viral. The videos sparked widespread protests, with angry mobs destroying a local health unit. Clerics in mosques used loudspeakers to warn parents against having their children vaccinated.......................

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