Polio Then and Now

Polio was once one of the most feared diseases globally. A highly infectious disease with no cure, polio spread rapidly through communities and left devastation in its wake. Every year, thousands of children used to be killed and hundreds of thousands paralyzed.

Today, thanks to global efforts and innovative tools, polio cases are down 99.9%. With wild poliovirus restricted to just a few high-risk geographies, the world has an historic opportunity to stop virus transmission for good.

Explore the images below to learn about the devastation of polio’s past and the progress made toward a polio-free world.

With a final push, we can prevent the past from becoming the future and make polio history.

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