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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.
Qatar worker communities may have attained herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Qatar worker communities may have attained herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

Wastewater analysis predicts COVID-19 spread

Wastewater analysis predicts COVID-19 spread

Immunization is critical to protect current and future generations from preventable diseases

Immunization is critical to protect current and future generations from preventable diseases

Convalescent plasma fails to improve outcome of COVID-19 in India

Convalescent plasma fails to improve outcome of COVID-19 in India

With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess

With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess

Seasonal influenza and COVID-19 risk

Seasonal influenza and COVID-19 risk

Untreated wastewater samples from Louisiana contain SARS-Cov-2 RNA

Untreated wastewater samples from Louisiana contain SARS-Cov-2 RNA

WHO African Region now certified as wild polio-free after four years

WHO African Region now certified as wild polio-free after four years

Inside the race to build a better $500 emergency ventilator

Inside the race to build a better $500 emergency ventilator

Doctors with disabilities call for a paradigm shift to make medical education, profession more inclusive

Doctors with disabilities call for a paradigm shift to make medical education, profession more inclusive

Study: Many COVID-19 patients suffer cardiovascular damage even after recovery

Study: Many COVID-19 patients suffer cardiovascular damage even after recovery

Researchers develop vaccine for human herpesvirus 6B

Researchers develop vaccine for human herpesvirus 6B

Trust, fear and solidarity will determine the success of a COVID vaccine

Trust, fear and solidarity will determine the success of a COVID vaccine

Study shows how picornaviruses infect the host cell

Study shows how picornaviruses infect the host cell

CDC warns acute flaccid myelitis is poised for a comeback in kids this fall

CDC warns acute flaccid myelitis is poised for a comeback in kids this fall

Researchers unlock new insights that may help inform vaccine design for infectious diseases

Researchers unlock new insights that may help inform vaccine design for infectious diseases

Racially motivated hate crimes increase in the U.S.

Racially motivated hate crimes increase in the U.S.

Analysis: How a COVID-19 vaccine could cost Americans dearly

Analysis: How a COVID-19 vaccine could cost Americans dearly

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible