The young child pictured here in this 2000 photograph was a suspected polio victim who was thought to be suffering with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). The image was captured while health care practitioners were making a follow-up visit to her home rural village. Since its inception in the fall of 1998, the STOP Transmission of Polio (STOP) immunization initiative teams have worked in over 50 countries. In the first years of the program, most STOP team members worked primarily to bolster AFP surveillance, support 'national immunization' days, and conduct polio case investigation and follow-up.The image was provided by Chris Zahniser, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H., a STOP Transmission of Polio (STOP) immunization initiative team member and photographer. Ms. Zahniser was at the time assigned to the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, and spent three months working in the Districts of Gorakhpur and Deoria.
CDC/ Chris Zahniser, B.S.N., R.N., M.P.H.
December 4, 2012
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