The world is closer than ever to seeing this deadly viral disease disappear for good

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The number of recorded Polio cases has fallen from 350,000 in 1988, to less than 40 today, and from a presence in 125 countries, to just two.

(FOX NEWS) — It’s being called a “historic achievement for humanity.”

The World Health Organization says two of the three strains of what’s known as the “Wild Polio Virus” have been eliminated worldwide.

The number of children affected has dropped by 99 percent since 1988.

The number of recorded cases has fallen from 350,000 back then, to less than 40 today.

Thirty-one years ago, the Wild Polio Virus existed in 125 countries.

Now it’s found in just two – Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Health officials say the world is well on its way to eradicating the virus altogether.

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