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Coutts talks of worldwide polio eradication


Last updated 2/19/2009 at Noon

Fallbrook Rotary President-elect Tom Koehler (right) introduces Dr. Richard Coutts (left) to the club

FALLBROOK — At a recent Rotary Club of Fallbrook meeting, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Coutts, whose mother was a polio survivor, told club members about the Rotary International quest to eradicate polio worldwide.

Poliomyelitis (polio virus) was at one time a worldwide epidemic disaster, crippling countless children, many of whom survived in an “iron lung” machine. In 1988 Rotary International launched Polio Plus, a worldwide polio eradication program.

With the new oral virus now available, which is less expensive than previous methods and is easier to administer, millions of chi...

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