SOMERS, N.Y. -- The Northeast Westchester Rotary Club, which meets in Somers, cheered the announcement earlier in August that Africa has been polio-free for an entire year.
The report was issued by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary International is a partner. When the global polio eradication drive began in 1988, more than 350,000 children around the world were paralyzed by the virus each year. Last year, only 34 new cases were found.
Members of the Northeast Westchester Rotary Club, formerly the Somers and Katonah Rotary Clubs, have been supporting the Rotary International polio effort since it began in 1988. Rotary members from the local district have traveled to developing countries to help administer the oral vaccine. Because of the ease of international travel, polio in one country is a threat to all countries.
For more information, see: www.NEWRotaryClub.org .
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