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Wild Poliovirus Type 3 Has Been Eradicated Worldwide!

Published on Monday, 28th October 2019

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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council showed their support for World Polio Day last Thursday by lighting up the Town Hall in purple.

This was done in collaboration with Arbury Rotary Club, who have been working to eliminate Polio since the 80’s.

Roger Coopey, member of the Arbury Rotary Club said:

“The purple light display looked very impressive. A number of our members were present to take photos and it was a wonderful way to bring attention to World Polio Day.”

A formal announcement by Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners states:

 “Today, on World Polio Day, 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 the two of the three Wild Polio types 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.”

Cllr Neil Phillips, Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Health said:

“We are absolutely thrilled with the news of the elimination of Wild Poliovirus type 3, as we are one step closer to having all the Polio strains wiped out completely.

“Showing our support for World Polio Day by lighting up our Town Hall in purple spreads awareness for the disease, and we hope to continue to work with the Rotary Club in the future.”

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