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Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause severe paralysis. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5-10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. Polio mainly affects children under five years of age. Naturally occurring polio was eliminated in the U.S. in 1979 and in the Western Hemisphere by 1991; however, worldwide efforts are continuing towards eradication of this contagious and devastating disease.
Study develops dissolvable microneedle patches for administering influenza vaccine

Study develops dissolvable microneedle patches for administering influenza vaccine

Bandage-strip sized microneedle patches can transform flu vaccination method

Bandage-strip sized microneedle patches can transform flu vaccination method

Vaccines can be blamed for any illness even with lack of evidence says EU court

Vaccines can be blamed for any illness even with lack of evidence says EU court

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

U-M research reveals important clues about invasion of polyomaviruses

U-M research reveals important clues about invasion of polyomaviruses

Researchers develop new strategy that can revolutionize HIV vaccine design

Researchers develop new strategy that can revolutionize HIV vaccine design

Serum Institute signs licensing agreement to commercialize St. Jude vaccine against RSV

Serum Institute signs licensing agreement to commercialize St. Jude vaccine against RSV

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

Study: More than ten million lives saved by discovery of cell strain in 1962

Study: More than ten million lives saved by discovery of cell strain in 1962

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

WHO’s Global Hearts initiative focuses on reducing heart disease worldwide

WHO’s Global Hearts initiative focuses on reducing heart disease worldwide

Researchers find new way to create more stable polio vaccines

Researchers find new way to create more stable polio vaccines

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

New database of PCR primers enables effective detection and identification of RNA viruses

New database of PCR primers enables effective detection and identification of RNA viruses

Researchers engineer promising live-attenuated RSV vaccine candidate

Researchers engineer promising live-attenuated RSV vaccine candidate

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $300 million to create Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $300 million to create Bloomberg American Health Initiative

First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

People in Europe are most skeptical about vaccines

People in Europe are most skeptical about vaccines