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Description:This image depicts four Latin-American children playing soccer. The picture was captured during a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Global Polio Eradication Effort, which was based on sending public health workers out into the rural, underdeveloped area of the World, seeking out the unvaccinated, educating these inhabitants, and vaccinating those still unprotected against the paralytic poliovirus.

The poliovirus “enters a child’s (or adult’s) body through the mouth. Sometimes it does not cause serious illness. But sometimes it causes paralysis (can’t move arm or leg). It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe. Polio used to be very common in the United States. It paralyzed and killed thousands of people each year before we had a vaccine for it.”
This image is from the 1989 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Polio Eradication Field Guide. Beginning in 1988, the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, has lead to the foreseeable global eradication of this viral disease. Regions that include northern India, northern Nigeria, and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, are still “epidemiological challenges”.

The PAHO is the Regional Office of the WHO, and if you so desire to make use of this image, please seek permission to do so through the link below.

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Content Providers(s):PAHO/WHO
Creation Date:1989
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Links:PAHO/WHO Contact Page
CDC – Polio Home Page
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Copyright Restrictions:Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any public or private use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws.Please contact the content provider of this image for permission requests.

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