Support the Global Eradication of Polio
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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that polio has spread out of Nigeria to re-infect six neighboring countries that had eliminated the disease. Unfortunately, polio still remains endemic in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Support the global eradication of polio, so no child will know its crippling effects ever again »
In the 1980s, polio paralyzed at least 1,000 children every day worldwide. But today, thanks to extensive international effort, the world is almost polio-free. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk. Countries of the Horn of Africa - like Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda - are at risk of the spread of polio. The outbreak in this region means there are concerns that polio, if left unchecked, could begin to affect other polio-free countries and reverse the excellent work done by countries to become polio-free.
The world is poised to stop polio forever. Now, more than ever, we need all countries to support global eradication of this disease. Please take a moment to show your support to ending polio
There is no cure for polio. Yet this highly infectious and debilitating disease - which mainly affects young children and can cause lifelong paralysis - can be prevented with a vaccine that costs only $0.60.
In the 1980s, polio paralyzed at least 1,000 children every day all over the world. But today, after international efforts to immunize every child everywhere, 5 million people are walking who would otherwise be paralyzed and the world is almost polio-free.
Several regions of the world have been certified polio-free, yet polio remains endemic in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. And as long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio.
Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century. Please show your support for global eradication of polio, so no child will know the crippling effects of this disease ever again.
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