Polio Defined and Rotary’s Efforts to Eradicate It
October is fast approaching and Rotary’s work to eradicate polio around the world is celebrated on the 24th. I felt that sharing a few facts about the disease would enlighten us all as to the importance of the work being conducted. Polio is an intestinal virus that is spread though contact with feces of an infected person. In places where sanitation is low, water or food can become contaminated. Therefore, washing of hands after using the rest room, as well as proper disposal of fecal matter is imperative.
  • The poliovirus is encased in a protective coating called a capsid
  • There are three variations of the poliovirus which differ in their coatings
  • The virus infects only humans, mainly children under the age of five.
  • There is no cure.
  • The virus latches onto a receptor on the surface of a cell, multiplying in the lining of the intestines.
  • The virus enters the cell and hijacks the cell’s own machinery to make copies of itself.
  • The virus is released to infect neighboring cells, spreading from the digestive tract to lymph nodes and the bloodstream.
  • The virus replicates and is excreted through feces starting the cycle all over again.
Rotary works with partners around the world to help eradicate polio, which permanently cripples 1 in 200 people who contract the disease.
The Rotary Foundation awards millions in PolioPlus grants to raise awareness, help pay salaries of health professionals, and for disease detection activities.
In October, Rotarians are asked to contribute just $26 as an easy way to help.  Won’t you help?
In Rotary Service…
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis