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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.
New report highlights the plight of sanitation workers in the developing world

New report highlights the plight of sanitation workers in the developing world

Limiting the spread of vaccine-related misinformation in social media

Limiting the spread of vaccine-related misinformation in social media

Measles wipes out other immune memories

Measles wipes out other immune memories

Study shows how measles virus causes immune amnesia

Study shows how measles virus causes immune amnesia

Homeopathy quackery - NHS leaders urge caution

Homeopathy quackery - NHS leaders urge caution

Wild polio virus strain 3 finally conquered say scientists

Wild polio virus strain 3 finally conquered say scientists

Parents of adults with epilepsy face wide array of issues with very little support

Parents of adults with epilepsy face wide array of issues with very little support

Video images offer real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly

Video images offer real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly

EIB and Univercells sign EUR 20 million loan agreement to advance delivery of vaccines

EIB and Univercells sign EUR 20 million loan agreement to advance delivery of vaccines

UK government considers compulsory immunization for all school children

UK government considers compulsory immunization for all school children

Philippines declares return of Polio after 19 years

Philippines declares return of Polio after 19 years

Stopping cold viruses dead by blocking replication

Stopping cold viruses dead by blocking replication

Stanford-UCSF researchers report new cure for common cold in human cells and mice

Stanford-UCSF researchers report new cure for common cold in human cells and mice

Facebook takes a stand against Anti-vaxxers and vaccine misinformation

Facebook takes a stand against Anti-vaxxers and vaccine misinformation

Nigeria on the brink of being polio free

Nigeria on the brink of being polio free

Molecular mechanism of enterovirus infection uncovered

Molecular mechanism of enterovirus infection uncovered

Scientists point to enterovirus infection as cause for acute flaccid myelitis

Scientists point to enterovirus infection as cause for acute flaccid myelitis

Study provides evidence that enterovirus may be a factor in acute flaccid myelitis

Study provides evidence that enterovirus may be a factor in acute flaccid myelitis

Puzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDC

Puzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDC

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage