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Fullerton Rotary End Polio Now Jog-A-Thon 2017: October 21, 2017
December 22, 2016
Despite the fact that it has largely faded from the popular memory of the West, polio still poses an insidious threat to less developed parts of the world. Long gone are the days pools closed, crowds dispersed, and movie theaters went dark due to hysteria surrounding outbreaks in America. As a matter of fact, cases of the dreaded virus have dropped from a staggering 350,000 in 1988 to a meager 8 in 2017.
Don't let that 99.9% decrease fool you.
Polio remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially in the ‘poliovirus importation belt’ spanning from West Africa to the Horn of Africa. See more information on current developments and progress at Polio Eradication.
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