NEW DELHI (January 13, 2014) It’s been three years since the last polio case was reported in India, which puts the country on course to being formally declared polio-free in March.
The World Health Organization still needs to confirm there are no undetected cases before making the official declaration.
Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has been eradicated in most countries, but it still causes paralysis or death in some parts of the world, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Despite India's success against the disease, vaccination campaigns came too late for many of the country’s residents.
Polio victims with withered, twisted limbs are a common sight on the streets of Indian cities.