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Decline of Global Polio

from Chris McLucas


Global polio cases have fallen by 89% since 2005, 66% in 2012 alone.
Steep Decline in Global Polio Cases
In 2012, the world saw the fewest polio cases in the fewest
countries ever.
India, long regarded as the most difficult place to end polio, has not
recorded a case in more than two years.
Outbreaks in re-infected countries have nearly all been stopped, with
Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo regaining polio-free
status in the last year.
The remaining endemic countries—Afghanistan, Pakistan and
Nigeria—launched Emergency Action Plans in 2012 to boost polio
vaccination coverage to levels necessary to stop transmission. These efforts are producing results.