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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.
Reports of a serious polio outbreak among children in Rogo, Nigeria

Reports of a serious polio outbreak among children in Rogo, Nigeria

Nigeria resuming polio immunization

Nigeria resuming polio immunization

West and central Africa is on the brink of the largest polio epidemic in recent years

West and central Africa is on the brink of the largest polio epidemic in recent years

G8 commitment to eradicate polio welcomed

G8 commitment to eradicate polio welcomed

America's first two WNV encephalitis cases of 2004 respond to treatment

America's first two WNV encephalitis cases of 2004 respond to treatment

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

World Health Assembly set to tackle HIV/AIDS, SARS, the global strategy on diet, physical activity and health

World Health Assembly set to tackle HIV/AIDS, SARS, the global strategy on diet, physical activity and health

Genomed treatment helps bald eagles with West Nile virus encephalitis

Genomed treatment helps bald eagles with West Nile virus encephalitis

Botswana begins massive emergency polio campaign

Botswana begins massive emergency polio campaign

West Nile treatment showing 100% response rate among immunocompetent patients

West Nile treatment showing 100% response rate among immunocompetent patients

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

Canada kicks off National Immunization Awareness Week

Canada kicks off National Immunization Awareness Week

Indiana promotes National Infant Immunization Week

Indiana promotes National Infant Immunization Week

Polio victory remembered on 50th anniversary of Salk Vaccine field trials

Polio victory remembered on 50th anniversary of Salk Vaccine field trials

No relationship between HIV and oral polio vaccine

No relationship between HIV and oral polio vaccine

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization

A case of paralytic poliomyelitis (Polio) has been reported in Botswana

A case of paralytic poliomyelitis (Polio) has been reported in Botswana

Newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma linked to monkey virus DNA

Newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma linked to monkey virus DNA