Nigeria Celebrates 2 Years without New Cases of Polio

The polio virus is continuing to disappear from the face of the earth. As most of you know, I am a member of Rotary. In 1985, Rotary started PolioPlus to eradicate polio worldwide. Up until 2 years ago, there were only 3 countries left that were endemic to polio (sources of new wild virus).

On July 24, 2014, Nigeria started the 3 year period to prove it was now polio free. A country needs to have ZERO new cases for 3 years to be declared polio free. Because of certain political issues, there was a sense that Nigeria was one of the countries that would never be polio free since vaccinating against the polio virus was frowned upon by the government.

CLICK HERE to read an article about the current status in Nigeria. IT IS VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!

There are only 19 new cases of polio worldwide since January 1, 2016. This donw from over 300,000 new cases every year before 1985.

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