What Two Years Without Polio Mean for India

Thursday, January 17, 2013

On Jan. 13, 2011, doctors confirmed Rukhsaar Khatoon, a two year-old from the state of West Bengal, had polio. The disease was painful, but it didn’t hit her too badly – a slight limp being the only visible evidence of her illness, the Hindu reported last year.

Since baby Rukhsaar was diagnosed, exactly two years ago, no cases of polio have been confirmed in India. On Jan. 13, 2013 the country completed two years since the last case of the crippling disease was reported.

This is a huge achievement for a country that as recently as 2009 reported 741 cases of polio – more than any other country in the world, and almost half of cases reported globally that year.

Source: India Real Time (link opens in a new window)

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