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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 reveals a better way to help increase support for vaccinations

Study reveals a better way to help increase support for vaccinations

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

Exploring the possibility of a broadly effective dengue vaccine

Exploring the possibility of a broadly effective dengue vaccine

New book examines circuitous history behind the investigation of cancer as contagious illness

New book examines circuitous history behind the investigation of cancer as contagious illness

Developing effective needleless vaccine to protect children from dangerous viruses

Developing effective needleless vaccine to protect children from dangerous viruses

Nanovaccine boosts immunity in mice with gut microbiome-mediated metabolic syndrome

Nanovaccine boosts immunity in mice with gut microbiome-mediated metabolic syndrome

Does it make sense to delay children’s vaccines?

Does it make sense to delay children’s vaccines?

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school amid measles outbreak

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school amid measles outbreak

Comprehensive analysis of sewage reveals antimicrobial resistance levels worldwide

Comprehensive analysis of sewage reveals antimicrobial resistance levels worldwide

Anti-vaccination activists are misusing new scientific breakthroughs on beneficial microbes

Anti-vaccination activists are misusing new scientific breakthroughs on beneficial microbes

Researchers examine process of gut-based cells involved in long-term immunity

Researchers examine process of gut-based cells involved in long-term immunity

Celiac disease may be caused by gastrointestinal infection in childhood

Celiac disease may be caused by gastrointestinal infection in childhood

Experts highlight emerging evidence of impending Parkinson’s disease pandemic

Experts highlight emerging evidence of impending Parkinson’s disease pandemic

NIAID-funded clinical trial of Ebola vaccines is underway at Cincinnati Children's

NIAID-funded clinical trial of Ebola vaccines is underway at Cincinnati Children's

TGen identifies polio-like virus as potential cause of Acute Flaccid Myelitis outbreak

TGen identifies polio-like virus as potential cause of Acute Flaccid Myelitis outbreak

Anti-vaccination movement one of the top health threats in 2019 says WHO

Anti-vaccination movement one of the top health threats in 2019 says WHO

Clearer diagnosis of polio-like illness in young children

Clearer diagnosis of polio-like illness in young children

New study launched in Burkina Faso to test typhoid conjugate vaccine

New study launched in Burkina Faso to test typhoid conjugate vaccine

Freeze dried polio vaccine could help save lives in remote locations

Freeze dried polio vaccine could help save lives in remote locations

Potential treatment for rare polio-like illness shows no signal of efficacy

Potential treatment for rare polio-like illness shows no signal of efficacy