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Far away or close to home, polio changes lives

Posted: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

Florence Mayor Nola Xavier lives with the effects of polio.

Polio is a disease that has crippled millions since it became an international epidemic in the 1940s. In 2011, however, there were only 53 cases reported in the entire world. This dramatic turnaround is due in large part to the efforts of Rotary International and its End Polio Now campaign.

One local citizen knows from personal experience how polio can change a life.

Florence Mayor Nola Xavier contracted polio when she was only 18 months old. She and her parents lived in a small mining town in Arizona, and she believes she caught the virus from being in the town’s public swimming pool. Public pools were a common site where the disease was spread and many were closed during this era to prevent children from becoming infected.

For the complete article see the 07-13-2013 issue.

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