U.N. Agencies Announce Progress In Worldwide Efforts To Eradicate Polio On World Day

U.N. News: World is closer than ever to seeing polio disappear for good
“In a ‘historic achievement for humanity,’ two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, following the conclusion by a group of experts that WPV3, type three of the disease, has been eradicated completely. The deadly viral disease is ‘very close’ to disappearing altogether, with the number of affected children having dropped by 99 percent since 1988, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on World Polio Day, marked each 24 October, positioning the world closer than ever to its total eradication…” (10/24).

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