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Announcement: World Polio Day — October 24, 2015

October 24 is World Polio Day, which recognizes the global progress made against a disease that at its height crippled over 100 children per week and now has been reduced to fewer than 100 cases per year. World Polio Day serves as a reaffirmation of the global commitment to eradicate this childhood disease.

The concerted effort of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, including Rotary International, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, CDC, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as polio vaccinators and public health workers in the field, has resulted in the World Health Organization announcing the removal of Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries in 2015, after a year without a reported wild poliovirus case in that country. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining polio-endemic countries, with a total of 51 cases reported between them this year as of October 14.

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