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      Rotary International works to eradicate polio

      Polio isn't a problem you hear much about any more, but hundreds of children still fall victim to the disease every year. And Rotary International is working with UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to wipe out polio altogether. Polio is virtually non-existent in the United States - in fact, there hasn't been a recorded case in the U.S. since 1979. But other countries, particularly poorer countries in the Middle East and Africa, are seeing new outbreaks of the disease. "What we've seen is an explosion of polio in the mid-part of Africa - Somalia, kenya, Ethiopia, and the Sudan," says Ken Patterson, Governor of District 5730 of the Rotary Club, "And so those countries were polio-free from 2009 until this summer, and now there's been well over 200 cases in that part of the world." If you'd like to learn how you can help Rotary International's goal of eradicating polio once and for all, follow the link attached to this story.