Up to Dec. 3, there were 40 cases of polio compared with 741 in 2009, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
"India has reported [a] more than 90 percent decline in polio cases in 2010 as compared to 2009 and is rapidly moving towards the target of achieving polio eradication in the near future ... . The number of affected districts has declined to 17 so far in 2010 from 56 in 2009 and 90 in 2008," he said.
In a separate matter, Azad said an International Vaccine Center report found that of the 15 countries accounting for 75 percent of pneumonia globally, India has the highest incidence of the disease.
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