TAKAI, Nigeria (AP) – Health workers took a polio vaccination campaign Saturday to villages in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, ending a ban on inoculations that had caused a regional outbreak and threatened global eradication efforts.

Nigeria’s Kano state -where a recent epidemic of the crippling disease started and spread to 10 other African nations – allowed vaccinations to resume Saturday after an 11-month boycott.

The ban was imposed after religious leaders alleged that foreign powers were spreading AIDS and infertility among Muslims with the vaccine.

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