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VIDEO From Rotary International Available on thenewsmarket.com: Rotary Funds Half-Million Dollar Emergency Response to Polio Outbreak in Congo

November 11, 2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — See video from Rotary International at:

http://www.thenewsmarket.com/Releases/StoryDetailPage.aspx?GUID=9e1536a3-b9b7-4cd8-a13d-6178ebd3fa68#

In response to a recent outbreak of wild poliovirus in the Republic of Congo, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate countrywide polio immunization campaigns. The outbreak requires urgent action by government and partner agencies to again make the country polio-free. The emergency grants will support immunization activities scheduled to take place in Congo. According to the World Health Organization, at least three national vaccination campaigns are planned to combat the outbreak. They also anticipate a multi-country campaign to protect bordering at-risk countries. The current outbreak is due to imported poliovirus from another country or region — Congo’s last case of indigenous polio was recorded in 2000.

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