World Polio Day set for October 24

Rotary Clubs across the world have worked tirelessly to end polio. Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The Rotary's End Polio Now campaign seeks to raise awareness for and the eradication of the disease worldwide.

Today, the once common disease is found only in three counties that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016. That's a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017