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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.
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

Study: More than a quarter of American infants not received common childhood vaccines

Study: More than a quarter of American infants not received common childhood vaccines

World Immunization Week: Vaccination in 2021

World Immunization Week: Vaccination in 2021

Fighting malaria in 2021: Where are we now and where are we going?

Fighting malaria in 2021: Where are we now and where are we going?

Disruptions to essential health services due to COVID-19 pandemic persist in 90% of countries

Disruptions to essential health services due to COVID-19 pandemic persist in 90% of countries

COVID-19 vaccination of lactating mothers elicits specific IgA antibodies in breast milk

COVID-19 vaccination of lactating mothers elicits specific IgA antibodies in breast milk

Alpaca nanobodies effective against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant

Alpaca nanobodies effective against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant

World Health Day 2021: The humanitarians building a fairer world

World Health Day 2021: The humanitarians building a fairer world

Asymmetrical vaccine distribution could promote vaccine evading mutations in SARS-CoV-2

Asymmetrical vaccine distribution could promote vaccine evading mutations in SARS-CoV-2