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Watch Polio Disappear From 125 Countries

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donfreeman: Saturday marks World Polio Day and health advocates have good reason to celebrate considering that cases have decreased by more than 99 percent in less than 30 years. Once considered a scourge among vulnerable children, polio has been wiped...

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Saturday marks World Polio Day and health advocates have good reason to celebrate considering that cases have decreased by more than 99 percent in less than 30 years. Once considered a scourge among vulnerable children, polio has been wiped out of 125 countries since government groups and NGOs launched a global initiative to put an end to the disease in 1988. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been a key player in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, posted a short video in honor of World Polio Day that demonstrates how polio has disappeared across the globe. EmbedContent(562a8806e4b0aac0b8fce6b3,,Embed,html,Some({})) The highly contagious disease, which can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours, now remains endemic in only two countries -- Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to the World Health Organization. Back in 1988, there were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio. Last year, there were 359 reported cases. There’s no cure for polio, but it can be preve

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