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Our Progress Against Polio

CDC and its international partners have made significant progress over the past 22 years.

Success in India

Graph: Poliovirus Cases in India. 2008: 559 cases; 2010: 42 cases; 2012: 0 cases (as of May 3, 2012)

As recently as 2009, India had more cases of polio than the other three endemic countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan) combined, but India has not seen a case of polio since January 13, 2011. These results show that success against polio can be achieved in challenging circumstances.

  • The number of worldwide polio cases has fallen from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to fewer than 223 in 2012—a decline of more than 99% in reported cases.
  • Three regions of the world are certified polio free—the Americas, Europe, and the Western Pacific. Only three polio-endemic countries (countries that have never interrupted the transmission of wild poliovirus) remain—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
  • In January 2012, India celebrated its one-year anniversary since their last reported polio case and has been declared polio-free.

Latest Reports From Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Latest Reports on Eradication Progress (Global Polio Eradication Initiative)
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Stories From the Field

Time “in the field” provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. STOP team volunteers always know that they have done their part to eliminate polio from the world and strengthen childhood immunization programs.

Read stories told by volunteers in the field.

Challenges to Polio Eradication Progress

The current funding shortfall represents a significant threat to the progress that the GPEI has made since 1988.

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