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Crocuses to mark success of polio cases dropping.

A SEA of purple blooms will appear in front of the University of Birmingham's Medical School next spring, to remind passers-by of the huge work done to date in tackling polio across the world.

Students, staff and members of local Rotary clubs spent Wednesday afternoon planting 223 crocuses on a grassy knoll to commemorate the 223 cases of polio recorded worldwide last year.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Mike Leddy, also attended and helped to plant the bulbs for a cause close to his own heart - he had polio as a five-year-old himself.

Dr Peter Balfe, senior lecturer in virology at the University of Birmingham wanted to mark the lowest number of cases ever recorded for a disease which once struck that many people per month in Birmingham alone.

He said: "The number 223 seemed to be a number you could visualise, and so we wanted to do something to represent it physically."

The End Polio Now campaign will run until polio is completely eradicated.

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Date:Oct 4, 2013
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