Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Polio – Why it’s too soon to Forget | Sciency Things

"Polio is the effect of the poliomyelitis virus on the spinal cord of those who contract the virus. The first description of a disease that is thought to be polio was by Michael Underwood in England in 1789 and it was formally recognized in the early 19th century with outbreaks across Europe. For over a hundred years, western countries were plagued by worse and worse outbreaks every year, with age of infection and the associated death rate increasing.
...  polio is a devastating disease. Polio weakens the muscles of the back and limbs, resulting in terrible deformities that may never recover. Of children who have paralytic polio, the death rate is 2-5%, for adults it is 15-30% depending on age."
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