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India to be declared polio-free by WHO
Jan 13, 2014

India has completed three years without reporting any case of polio thus can be officially declared “polio-free” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

India’s last polio case, a two-year-old girl in the Panchla block of Howrah, West Bengal – was reported on 13th January 2011. Once India is declared polio-free, the entire WHO region would also become polio free. The WHO on February 24, 2012 removed India from the list of countries with active endemic wild polio transmission.

The risk of importation (of polio virus) has increased since 2013 with outbreaks in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, in addition to the continuing poliovirus transmission in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Since 2000, 49 countries that were polio-free suffered from one or more importations of wild poliovirus. Of the total 372 polio cases in 2013, 85 were from Pakistan and 12 from Afghanistan. Somalia had the biggest outbreak with 183 cases, it had been polio-free since 2007.


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