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India May Have Eradicated Polio Across the Country October 28, 2011
Child receiving oral polio vaccine
Child receiving oral Polio vaccine as part of a global effort to eradicate the disease from the planet.
There have been no reported new cases of polio in India for more than nine months, making this the longest polio-free period since the global effort to eradicate the paralyzing disease was launched in 1988.

Only one case has been reported in India so far in 2011, compared to 39 cases during the same period last year.

India was one of only four countries where polio remained endemic. It’s still a serious problem in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Immunization is hampered in those countries by conflict, politics, the remoteness of some communities and the frequent distrust of outsiders administering the vaccines.

Neighboring Pakistan is experiencing a surge in new polio cases, prompting Indian officials to conduct immunizations at border crossings.

Photo: World Health Organization