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Famous People Who Had and Have Polio

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Published: 2017-11-10 - (Updated: 2019-10-27)


Explanation of the disease Polio and resource list of famous people living and deceased who had polio in their lives.

Key Points:

Main Digest

Poliomyelitis - Polio or Infantile Paralysisis - is a highly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus, a member of the genus Enterovirus, belonging to the Picornaviridae family. The word poliomyelitis originates from the Greek word "polio" meaning "grey" and "myelon" meaning "marrow." The spread of the disease is through the fecal-oral route.

There is Currently No Cure for Polio

The focus of modern treatment has been on providing relief of symptoms, speeding recovery and preventing complications. The polio vaccines developed by Jonas Salk in 1952 and Albert Sabin in 1962 are credited with reducing the annual number of polio cases from many hundreds of thousands to around a thousand. Today, only 3 countries in the world have never stopped transmission of polio; Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria - (WHO).


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