India Now Polio-Free

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India is now free of the polio virus after nearly two decades and a multi-billion dollar effort, says the World Health Organization. There have been no detected cases of polio since January 2011, making the country now eligible for the polio-free designation. Previously, more than 50,000 children per year were stricken with the virus and now over 170 million children are immunized every year. Millions of others are immunized in a $3 billion government program via house-to-house visits. The virus remains endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria due to poor sanitation, violent conflicts, and weak health systems. 

India Now Polio-Free
India Now Polio-Free
A health worker marks the finger of a child after administering a polio vaccine at a polio booth in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 10, 2010. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative - led by governments and supported by organizations such as WHO, Rotary International and ...

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