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World Polio Day – 24th Oct 2019


Banbury Town Hall goes Purple for Polio tonight!

Thursday 24th October is World Polio Day.

Banbury Rotary Club says “Thank you” to all the schools and adult choirs that raised funds for Polio Eradication at the four concerts staged at St Mary’s Church this year

Thanks also to Cherwell District Council, the Town Council and Bloxham Parish Council for supporting the planting of another 32000 corms this autumn ready to turn Banburyshire purple again next spring!”

….and another poliovirus eradicated!

Also today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide.

WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2.

This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in 2020.