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India Records One Year Without Polio Cases | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

One year polio free in India is a major achievement; the country was once the world’s epicentre of polio

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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GENEVA -- India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.

India was once recognized as the world’s epicentre of polio. If all pending laboratory investigations return negative, in the coming weeks India will officially be deemed to have stopped indigenous transmission of wild poliovirus. The number of polio-endemic countries, those which have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission, will then be reduced to a historical low of three: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

To read the full press release, visit the WHO website.

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