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Doctors question India's polio strategy after surge in number of cases

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:568
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A surge in the number of cases of polio this year in India, has prompted the Indian Medical Association to question India's eradication strategies.

    India has already recorded a total of 258 cases of polio this year, against only 66 in 2005. Eight states have confirmed polio cases, but most have been clustered around the district of Moradabad in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Health officials are worried that the outbreak is increasing the risk of further domestic and international spread of the wild polio virus.

    Federal health officers have attributed the outbreak to poor delivery of vaccines by state health staff. “Vaccine coverage had dropped in this …

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