What is Polio?
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
Today (March 2020) polio has been eradicated in all but two countries worldwide – Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations.
Thanks to the vast effort world wide by Rotarians and others like you, polio has been reduced by 99%. We are closer than ever to ending this crippling disease forever.