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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.
Targeted vaccination can be successful in containing epidemic outbreaks

Targeted vaccination can be successful in containing epidemic outbreaks

IU scientists take important step to fight against hepatitis B with 'virus-cracking' molecules

IU scientists take important step to fight against hepatitis B with 'virus-cracking' molecules

Viral replication process weak spot may help develop cure for infections

Viral replication process weak spot may help develop cure for infections

Polio labs equipped to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Polio labs equipped to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Scientists discover promising new target to fight a class of viruses

Scientists discover promising new target to fight a class of viruses

Researchers identify virus as likely cause of mystery polio-like paralysis

Researchers identify virus as likely cause of mystery polio-like paralysis

Reminders can improve immunization rates

Reminders can improve immunization rates

New research hub set up to help stop future outbreaks of killer diseases

New research hub set up to help stop future outbreaks of killer diseases

Report reveals 84% drop in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 every year

Report reveals 84% drop in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 every year

Multiple drugs or vaccines could be delivered with a single shot soon

Multiple drugs or vaccines could be delivered with a single shot soon

Severe cases of polio-like illness observed among children in many countries

Severe cases of polio-like illness observed among children in many countries

Intensive Care Medicine

Intensive Care Medicine

Offshore rush for herpes vaccine roils debate over U.S. safety rules

Offshore rush for herpes vaccine roils debate over U.S. safety rules

ESCMID conference brings together renowned experts to address most pressing questions on vaccines

ESCMID conference brings together renowned experts to address most pressing questions on vaccines

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school

Sanford Health launches solid tumor oncolytic virus clinical trial

Sanford Health launches solid tumor oncolytic virus clinical trial

Polio vaccine developed using tobacco plants could transform how vaccines are made

Polio vaccine developed using tobacco plants could transform how vaccines are made

ASU Biodesign researchers develop more potent, safer plant-based Zika vaccine

ASU Biodesign researchers develop more potent, safer plant-based Zika vaccine

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