PAIN Relief: India on Track to Be Declared Polio-Free Next Month
Source: Scientific American
the mid-2000s, when scientists questioned whether the campaign to rid
the world of polio could succeed, skeptics pointed to a problem that
some called PAIN.
That stood for Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria -- the four
countries that were stubbornly standing in the way of success. Now it
appears someone's going to need to craft a new mnemonic. The last child
paralyzed by polio in India got sick on January
13, 2011, and surveillance for wild polioviruses in sewage has not
turned up the pathogen in more than a year. A statement hailing that
will be issued by the GPEI on the one-year anniversary of the last case
later this week. But it may be mid-February before
there is official word.