India Polio-Free for One Year

Anyone still interested in the polio story will want to know that the last reported case of polio infection was just more than one year ago and did not result in permanent paralysis. Since January of 2011, no case of polio has been reported in India. The story is a major triumph for the world health community, the WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the millions of members of Rotary International who have devoted their efforts to polio eradication for years.

New cases of polio are ongoing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria (and a recent outbreak in China marks the first time polio has been seen there in a decade), but for the first time India is not the site of new cases nor an exporter of the virus.

Related stories from several sources:

From Forbes Magazine Bill Gates on India’s First Polio-Free Year

From Times of India
WHO Lauds India’s Polio-Free Drive

The Google search page

From Medical News Today India Polio Free for One Year

From NPR India Marks a Year Free of Polio

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