On Saturday, June 17, 1916, an official announcement of the existence of an epidemic polio infection was made in Brooklyn, New York. That year, there were over 27,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths due to polio in the United States, with over 2,000 deaths in New York City alone.The names and addresses of individuals with confirmed polio cases were published daily in the press, their houses were identified with placards, and their families were quarantined. NEW YORK had a population of 5 million in 1916.
Nine of the citizens were my Family, all from Brooklyn.  [Melbourne has a population of 5.1 million]. 
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By the end of January this year, there had been 2 cases of wild polio. In October, Rotary focuses on polio and its eradication. 
Unfortunately, October this year has seen another 2 cases of wild polio detected.Two infants, a male and female aged 25 and 10 months respectively – from Emamsaheb in Kunduz province, 74 kM north of Kunduz by ‘road’.
Ten months into the year, we now have 4 cases for this calendar year. Rotary is focused on the eradication of this disease. The End Polio Now film preview has been delayed until February/March next year.
We must remain focused. At the same time last year, there were 133 wild polio cases, 84 in Pakistan and 56 in Afghanistan.
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