Until the middle of the 20th century, polio affected people all over the world. The disease, caused by a virus in the genus Enterovirus, often left its survivors with weakened muscles or varying degrees of paralysis. In their later years, many once-healthy survivors experienced a condition known as post-polio syndrome. Once effective vaccines were developed, polio was eradicated in the United States and other countries, although it still remains a threat in many developing areas. This revised edition of Polio contains new illustrations and updated coverage of all aspects of this disease, including the latest vaccination information, world outbreak and immunization statistics, and a progress report on international efforts to eradicate polio.
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The History of Polio
The Transmission of Polio and How It Affects the Body
Vaccines and How They Work
The Life of Jonas Salk
The Life of Albert Sabin
Nobody Is Exempt
Just When We Thought It Was Safe Postpolio Syndrome
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