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Crehst Museum displays Iron Lung Exhibit for World Polio Day

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RICHLAND, Wash. - World Polio day is October 24th and to commemorate it, the Tri-Cities Rotary Clubs will begin showing an iron lung display.

The exhibit goes on display Thursday, the 18th at the Crehst Museum and will run through October 24th.

The lung once symbolized the polio epidemic in the mid-1950s. It's a full-body respirator that helps people breathe.

Rotary members said they are three countries away from wiping out the disease.

"We are this close to getting this solved in that last final push is what rotary is about, trying to do this worldwide. We have 1.2 million people worldwide in rotary that are focused on this activity," said Gary Troyer, a member of the Richland Rotary Club.

Vaccinations are currently the only way to prevent the spread of polio.

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