Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance is an important topic in community medicine not only because it is a common question asked in university examinations and postgraduate entrance examinations, but also because it is now the leading strategy for elimination of polio in India.
India, after completing a 2 years of “0 reported case of polio”, is in the final 3rd year to complete with o case status to achieve an elimination of polio from the country. That is the basis of importance of this topic in current PG entrance examinations.
I have not gone into the finest details of this hot topic, but I had tried to cover all the important, and especially examination oriented aspects of AFP surveillance. I have used the latest field guidelines of 2005 provided by Government of INDIA along with many internet sources to make this articles. Comprising only of 11 pages, I think this will be a useful stuff for all of you.