India reaches milestone of no cases of wild poliovirus for 12 monthsBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1328 (Published 23 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1328
- Gurmeen Kaura1,
- Tamoghna Biswas2
- 1Bethesda, Maryland
- 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 …