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India on its way to eradicate Polio by 2012

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  November 5, 2011 at 11:46 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
India is on its way to eradicate polio by 2012. According to the research published in the 4th November issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report the absence of polio cases during the high-transmission season indicates that India has almost interrupted the wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission .
India on its way to eradicate Polio by 2012
India on its way to eradicate Polio by 2012
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As compared to the 50,000 cases which were reported in 1995 when the eradication measures began, India has reported just 1 case of poliomyelitis in this year (till 31st October, 2011). If no cases are reported throughout the high transmission period in 2012 then India will be considered polio-free. However, India is still at risk of importing the virus from neighboring countries like Pakistan.

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Significant improvements in polio immunization program like high vaccination coverage in all states especially among children in high-risk endemic areas and migrant populations, the introduction of bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) and rapid response to outbreaks in new areas have contributed in stopping this transmission.

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