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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.
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

Vaccines can be blamed for any illness even with lack of evidence says EU court

Vaccines can be blamed for any illness even with lack of evidence says EU court

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

Survey finds parents to be least knowledgeable about invasive pneumococcal disease

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

U-M research reveals important clues about invasion of polyomaviruses

U-M research reveals important clues about invasion of polyomaviruses

Researchers develop new strategy that can revolutionize HIV vaccine design

Researchers develop new strategy that can revolutionize HIV vaccine design

Serum Institute signs licensing agreement to commercialize St. Jude vaccine against RSV

Serum Institute signs licensing agreement to commercialize St. Jude vaccine against RSV

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

Study: More than ten million lives saved by discovery of cell strain in 1962

Study: More than ten million lives saved by discovery of cell strain in 1962

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus