Polio at an all-time low in 2012

A baby receiving a polio vaccine. Photo: World Vision

A baby receiving a polio vaccine. Photo: World Vision

With only 218 cases reported in five countries, the number of children paralyzed by the polio virus hit an all-time low in 2012. This decline can be partly attributed to the global polio eradication campaign, which distributed 2 billion doses of vaccine to 429 million children in 2012.

However, World Vision reports, “Eventual eradication of the polio virus is not assured. Funding shortfalls in 2012 led to canceled immunization programs in 24 countries in Africa and Asia where the virus could become re-established. If its spread is not contained, within a decade polio could paralyze 200,000 children per year.”

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  1. […] young girl living in an Ethiopian village without electricity or water when she was diagnosed with polio at approximately the age of four.  Without the ability to walk, her parents saw her as a loss of […]

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