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									                               Rotary Intenational//0ne Rotary Center/1560 Sherman Ave./Evanston, IL, USA
                               Rotary International 5790 J.Paul Lucas, District Governor 2010-2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                             Contact: Wil Griffin wgriffin@wilgriffn.com

Rotary International District 5790 End Polio Now Night
 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Saturday, July 24, 2010
(See attached poster copy from Rangers and Rotary for event details)

What is polio (poll-lee-oh)? Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by any of three viruses,
one of which is most likely to cause epidemics. Vaccines are a protection. Two vaccines
are used worldwide—the injection from the dead polio virus developed by Jonas Salk and
first tested in 1952 then announced for world use in 1955 and the oral vaccine developed
by Albert Sabin using attenuated poliovirus licensed in 1962.

Although polio usually strikes children, unprotected adults are not immune. Rotary
International took on the challenge to eliminate polio worldwide by launching its 1988
Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Although new polio cases in the USA ended in 1979,
that year Rotary International joined with the Republic of Philippines government to
immunize six million children in a five year period. That was the Rotary Foundation’s
first Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant program and led Rotary to launch the PolioPlus
program in 1985 then the worldwide initiative in 1988.

Why should Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign continue?
Three nations still have high incidents of new cases: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan.
These are the intensive focus for the PolioPlus campaign. However, new cases
are appearing in nations with a previous low or polio free record. Vaccines cost money
and so does the administration of them. The global financial crisis has created problems
for support within countries and from outside sources such as the World Health
Organization (WHO).

Global travel creates an opportunity for contracting a virus and bringing it into a
polio-free environment, which is why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the
USA urges booster shots for travel abroad where the virus might be encountered.
May 16, 2010 41 countries were on that list. A polio virus lives in the throat and
intestinal tract of those infected with the disease and generally enters through the mouth
even from food in contaminated vessels. There is no cure for the disease, only
Rotary International, the world’s first service organization, has 33,000 clubs
worldwide. All Rotary club members are volunteers working locally, regionally and
internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and
job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
(Adapted from Rotary International website.)

Media note: High resolution photography is available from www.rotary.org.
Search : polio.

Questions for Ranger Event: email Wil Griffin at rotary@wilgiffin.com
                                     call: 817.571.6512 office
                                            817.690.6513 cell
                                               (Wil is a polio survivor)
                                Or: email Doug Newsom at d.newsom@tcu.edu
                                     call: 817.732.2901
Polio background information Contact District 5790 Polio Chair Conrad
                                  Heede at ccheede@aol.com
                                  Or call: 817.235.8110
Background Source Contacts/Resources:
The Rotarian, Rotary’s Magazine, “Polio and the Culture of Fear,” June 2010, p.48-36.
Rotary International’s Public Relations Division: email pr@rotary.org
Global Polio Eradication Initiative for information on Rotary, CDC, Unicef
Center for Disease Control (CDC) for information on travel and polio
Directors of Health Protection and Education:www.dhpe.org/infect/polio.html
        For types and kinds of polio (three types of polio virus)
Wall Street Journal, World News, May 22-23,2010 p. A8 for UN budget (World Health
       Organization) expecting shortfall (UN is a Rotary partner in effort to end polio

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