India Declared Polio-free

After three years with­out a sin­gle report­ed case of polio, India was declared free of polio. It’s been so long since polio was a epi­dem­ic in the Unit­ed States &emdash;which goes a long to way to explain­ing our cur­rent anti-vac­ci­na­tion and anti-sci­ence culture&emdash; that is hard to grasp how mon­u­men­tal this news is for so many peo­ple. The BBC reports that there are only three coun­tries left where polio is endem­ic: Pak­istan, Afghanistan and Nige­ria. Wired recent­ly had an excel­lent long-form piece on the effort to erad­i­cate polio from the planet.

Categorized as General

By Jason Coleman

Structural engineer and technical content manager Bentley Systems by day. Geeky father and husband all the rest of time.

1 comment

  1. I had a friend (Bri­an Leveritt) who was my age and lived behind my house on Hazel­wood in NLR, Ark., who in 1955 or 1956 had polio. Although he had the most life threat­ing kind, it was the type most like­ly to not have dis­abling affects if you sur­vived it and he luck­i­ly did.

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