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World now 80% polio free

28th March 2014

India have now announced they are now polio-free. The World Health Organisation have said that takes the polio-free percentage of the world to 80%.

injectionboyWhat is polio:

Polio is most often found in children under the age of five. It is a virus transmitted through contaminated water and food and multiplies in the intestine. One in every 200 infections can lead to paralysis.

The world signed up to eradicating polio in 1988. At that time there were 350,000 recorded cases. By 2012 cases had fallen to 223. Last year, however, there was a rise in cases to 406 new infections.

Deepak Kapur, of Rotary International's India National Polio Plus Committee said: "Today's a big occasion for the entire global polio eradication initiative because if India - which had the most difficult of situations - can do it, others around the world can do it too.

"The only way to ensure the wild polio virus no longer exists in any part of the world is to wipe it out of every community in the world."

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