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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.
‘COVID-19 fears’ prevent many Africans from accessing malaria treatment

‘COVID-19 fears’ prevent many Africans from accessing malaria treatment

Can vaccination and infection rates add up to reach Covid herd immunity?

Can vaccination and infection rates add up to reach Covid herd immunity?

Live attenuated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate shows protective efficacy in vivo

Live attenuated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate shows protective efficacy in vivo

Special issue delves into global polio eradication efforts and modeling

Special issue delves into global polio eradication efforts and modeling

Salk's NOMIS Center receives $9.5 million to grow and expand in health, immunity research

Salk's NOMIS Center receives $9.5 million to grow and expand in health, immunity research

Viral ExoN regulates the rate of recombination in SARS-CoV-2

Viral ExoN regulates the rate of recombination in SARS-CoV-2

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