India reaches milestone of no cases of wild poliovirus for 12 months

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1328 (Published 23 February 2012)
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  1. Gurmeen Kaura1,
  2. Tamoghna Biswas2
  1. 1Bethesda, Maryland
  2. 2Kolkata, India

India, one of the world’s four endemic countries (the others being Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria) for transmission of wild poliovirus, has experienced a year without reporting any cases for the first time. The last case—of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)—was recorded on 13 January 2011 in the state of West Bengal.

WHO launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988 and intensified …

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