India marks two years since last diagnosed polio case

Published on January 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM · No Comments

On January 13, India "completed two years since the last case of the crippling disease was reported ... 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," the Wall Street Journal's "India Real Time" blog reports (Dutta, 1/13). "India's accomplishment was a triumph of consistent and strong political will as well as international coordination and has given a huge lift to the global fight against polio, a disease that as recently as 1988 claimed 350,000 people each year," TIME writes in an article examining the history of "how a country so huge, so diverse and so poor managed to stop polio transmission [and] offe[r] important lessons both for the complicated international effort to eradicate the disease for good and for India's own health care system" (Mahr, 1/13).

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