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As It Happened: The Polio Crusade
The Polio Crusade
SBS  |  September 23, 2011
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In the summer of 1950, fear gripped the residents of Wytheville in the US. The town was in the midst of a full-blown Polio epidemic. That year alone, more than 33,000 Americans fell victim to the devastating but little-known virus - half of them under the age of ten. This program interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists, including Jonas Salk, raced to eradicate this dreaded disease.

In the summer of 1950, fear gripped the residents of Wytheville in the US. The town was in the midst of a full-blown Polio epidemic. That year alone, more than 33,000 Americans fell victim to the devastating but little-known virus - half of them under the age of ten. This program interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists, including Jonas Salk, raced to eradicate this dreaded disease.

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