Recent figures show only 27 new cases of Polio world-wide this year, compared with 350,000 cases only 5 years ago. Rotary International has placed a top priority on the program, which is allied with other organizations to reach the most remote parts of the globe.
Mr. Beer, a spokesman for the program, spoke to the JCC Rotary Club recently. He has been intimately involved with Rotary and many other charities, and was elected Rotary District Governor in 2014.
Polio, as determined by those researching it, resides almost entirely within human beings, and can live only 3 days outside the body. It can be transmitted through personal contact or through sewage, but by cleaning up the population you also clean up the environment. This accounts for the rapid decrease in cases in the last 5 years. The remaining cases come from countries where rebel groups hold sway, and medical workers find it difficult to perform inoculations there.
Mr. Beer and his wife live in Goochland County.
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