Two of the three wild polio strains have now been eradicated in the world
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The world is now one-step closer to achieving polio eradication with the announcement that wild poliovirus type-3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. This means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been eradicated. As a result of persistent efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine, the genetic diversity of the wild poliovirus present in the world has dwindled to only one remaining type [wild polio virus type-1 (WPV 1)] and still circulates in only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan).”
There are three distinct strains of polio. All can cause irreversible paralysis and lead to death. The last known case of the strain was recorded in Nigeria in 2012. Wild poliovirus type-3 (WPV3)Type 2 was eradicated in 2015, so that leaves Type 1 as the only active, wild strain.
While the world has inched closer to the total eradication of polio, there are still major hurdles to finish the job. Let us continue to support Rotary’s END POLIO CAMPAIGN.
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Half of the points goes to the cardholder, while the other half goes to Rotary’s Polio Plus – credited to the Rotary Member.
Since its humble inception in 2016, the Petron Corporation and One Rotary Card Philippines partnership, has deposited over one hundred forty thousand pesos to the Polio Plus Foundation. And this only represent less than 600 active cards.
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