Countdown to Zero: Polio
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Disease agent: The poliovirus
The threat: Polio infections fell by more than 99 percent from 1988 to 2013
How infection spreads: From person-to-person contact or through contaminated food or water.
Defeating the disease: Two vaccines—the Oral Polio Vaccine and Inactivated Polio Vaccine—have been in use for over 50 years, helping bring the number of cases world wide to all-time low in 2012.
Eradication potential: Eradication is possible, but only if vaccination programs are not compromised by regional instability or opposition to vaccines.
What does it take to wipe out a disease? Find out in the new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, which opens on Tuesday, January 13.
The full story appears in the Winter issue of Rotunda, the Member magazine.