Delhi govt’s ‘clerical error’ brings smallpox, polio back to
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It’s scary but thankfully not true.

Two people died of smallpox and 11 of polio in the Capital last year, says a Delhi government report but experts say it's not possible and they have the science to back it.

A health official of the Delhi government said it could be a clerical error which raises questions over the credibility of the data collected by government and civic agencies as well as the hospitals whose data was used. The director of the National Centre for Disease Control has said that since the virus is not there globally and so no one can contract smallpox. The only smallpox virus left today are in laboratories, which are highly contained making it impossible for the virus to escape. There was still a possibility of people getting polio as the virus was in circulation in neighbouring countries but small pox is not possible. Junior doctors who prepare the reports might have mistaken chicken pox for small pox.

The World Health Organisation had in 2014 declared India polio-free, three years after the last polio case was recorded on January 13, 2011, in West Bengal. Delhi’s last case was reported in June 2009 while for small pox, the last known natural case of smallpox was in Somalia in 1977


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Statistic Dept. should be asked for.
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