La Crosse Mayor makes proclamation, declares Tuesday World Polio Day in city

La Crosse city officials are helping raise awareness for polio.

Mayor Tim Kabat proclaimed tomorrow ‘World Polio Day’ in La Crosse. The day will recognize the efforts of organizations to help rid the world of polio while also emphasizing the work that still needs to be done.

Members of the La Crosse Rotary Club say while there are fewer than ten cases of the disease each year, the work is far from over.

“It’s the hardest parts of the world to get to immunize all of these children, and once a country is declared polio free it’s not like we wipe our hands of that country. We still go back and immunize for a couple more years just to make sure that the polio virus is gone,” said Rotary Club of La Crosse President Jodi Widuch.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative began in 1988. As of 2013, the initiative has helped reduce polio across the world by 99-percent.