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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.
Researchers unravel the process that makes viruses infectious

Researchers unravel the process that makes viruses infectious

As the vulnerable wait, some political leaders’ spouses get covid vaccines

As the vulnerable wait, some political leaders’ spouses get covid vaccines

At risk of extinction, black-footed ferrets get experimental COVID vaccine

At risk of extinction, black-footed ferrets get experimental COVID vaccine

New polio vaccine is the first to work on mutated form of the virus

New polio vaccine is the first to work on mutated form of the virus

COVID-19 Peer Hub program works to tackle vaccine hesitancy amid pandemic

COVID-19 Peer Hub program works to tackle vaccine hesitancy amid pandemic

Study finds how the brain 're-wires' after neurological disease

Study finds how the brain 're-wires' after neurological disease

Study describes the early evolution of oral poliovirus vaccine

Study describes the early evolution of oral poliovirus vaccine

WHO approves first ever vaccine for emergency use to address polio

WHO approves first ever vaccine for emergency use to address polio

Global measles cases increase to 869,770 in 2019

Global measles cases increase to 869,770 in 2019

New process helps preserve viral vaccines without refrigeration

New process helps preserve viral vaccines without refrigeration

Using wastewater epidemiology to monitor SARS-CoV-2 in Houston

Using wastewater epidemiology to monitor SARS-CoV-2 in Houston

UNICEF and WHO issue urgent call to action to avert measles, polio epidemics

UNICEF and WHO issue urgent call to action to avert measles, polio epidemics

Study: COVID-19 lockdowns increase the number of polio cases in Pakistan

Study: COVID-19 lockdowns increase the number of polio cases in Pakistan

Readers and tweeters shed light on vaccine trials and bias in health care

Readers and tweeters shed light on vaccine trials and bias in health care

Older males who have recovered from COVID-19 are best plasma donors for treatment

Older males who have recovered from COVID-19 are best plasma donors for treatment

Scientists uncover important disease-fighting role for cells in the liver

Scientists uncover important disease-fighting role for cells in the liver

Certain live-attenuated vaccines can prevent severe complications of COVID-19

Certain live-attenuated vaccines can prevent severe complications of COVID-19

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