The Global Polio Eradication Initiative website has revealed that this year there has been a sharp rise in the number of cVDPV associated cases, which have been traced back to another case which was registered in September 2014. This indicates that there is long-standing and widespread circulation of the cVDPV in the country. This is … Continue reading Madagascar Reports 8 cVDPV1 Cases
According to the Al Arabiya News, four members of a polio vaccination team were killed on February 18, 2015, after being kidnapped from Southwest Pakistan.This issue has been a teething problem, especially since poor vaccination coverage means immense risk to India and Global eradication status.
Four new vaccines are being added to the arsenal of vaccines in India’s Universal Immunization Program. These include: Rubella, Rotavirus, Injectable Polio and Japanese Encephalitis for adults. This declaration was made on the Press Information Bureau website on the 3rd of July. Rubella: Although this was being administered as a part of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, … Continue reading New Vaccines in India’s Universal Immunization Program
While the whole nation has been gripped by a media-induced frenzy about the fatal effects of the so-called "litchi virus" (do not get me started on this! This issue deserves a whole post of its own!), another virus-related news has quietly slipped beneath the radars of the cumulative hysteria. This article in the Times of India … Continue reading West Nile Virus and Polio-like Syndromes: An Emerging Threat
Today (13th January, 2014) is a landmark day in the history of public health in India. It is exactly three years since the last Polio case was detected in India. Ruksha Shah, from the Subharara village in the Panchla block of District Howrah, West Bengal was the last recorded case of Polio in India. India … Continue reading The Death of a Disease: India Eradicates Polio