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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.
Multibillion dollar crusade to eradicate polio appears to have come to an end

Multibillion dollar crusade to eradicate polio appears to have come to an end

Big leagues balk at endorsing vaccination

Big leagues balk at endorsing vaccination

Existing drug may be effective in treating COVID-19

Existing drug may be effective in treating COVID-19

Study suggests COVID-19 vaccine confidence and hesitancy in the UK driven by trust, not misinformation

Study suggests COVID-19 vaccine confidence and hesitancy in the UK driven by trust, not misinformation

India's Mission Indradhanush improves vaccination outcomes for children

India's Mission Indradhanush improves vaccination outcomes for children

23 million children missed out on basic vaccines in 2020 due to COVID-19, new data shows

23 million children missed out on basic vaccines in 2020 due to COVID-19, new data shows

Clinical observations show acute myocarditis developed after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination

Clinical observations show acute myocarditis developed after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination

Philippines stamps out polio outbreak after a 16-month drive

Philippines stamps out polio outbreak after a 16-month drive

Could polio vaccines induce cross-reactive antibodies that target SARS-CoV-2?

Could polio vaccines induce cross-reactive antibodies that target SARS-CoV-2?

First spatial scan analysis helps identify hotspots of undervaccinated children

First spatial scan analysis helps identify hotspots of undervaccinated children

What it means when celebrities stay coy about their vaccine status

What it means when celebrities stay coy about their vaccine status

Leaders call for renewed global solidarity to eradicate polio

Leaders call for renewed global solidarity to eradicate polio

Childhood vaccination rates in Texas have dropped steeply during COVID-19 pandemic

Childhood vaccination rates in Texas have dropped steeply during COVID-19 pandemic

Old vaccines can stimulate the immune system to provide protection against other infectious diseases

Old vaccines can stimulate the immune system to provide protection against other infectious diseases

Reusing old vaccines to boost innate immunity against COVID-19

Reusing old vaccines to boost innate immunity against COVID-19

Novel broad-spectrum antiviral compounds effective against Zika and SARS-CoV-2

Novel broad-spectrum antiviral compounds effective against Zika and SARS-CoV-2

Mistrust in local, national governments is slowing down child vaccination progress in Africa

Mistrust in local, national governments is slowing down child vaccination progress in Africa

Study reports vitamin C inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus main protease

Study reports vitamin C inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus main protease

India's successful program to eliminate polio provides guidance for mass immunization initiatives

India's successful program to eliminate polio provides guidance for mass immunization initiatives

Government mistrust plays a vital role in slowing down child vaccination progress in Africa

Government mistrust plays a vital role in slowing down child vaccination progress in Africa