Double vaccines 'could hasten the end of polio'

August 21, 2014 11:35 PM

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Double vaccines 'could hasten the end of polio'

Poliomyelitis has existed as long as human society, but became a major public health issue in late Victorian times with major epidemics in Europe and the United States. The disease, which causes spinal and respiratory paralysis, can kill and remains incurable but vaccines have assisted in its almost total eradication today.

This Egyptian stele (upright stone carving) dating from 1403-1365BC shows a priest with a walking stick and foot deformities characteristic of polio. The disease was given its first clinical description in 1789 by the British physician Michael Underwood, and recognised as a condition by Jakob Heine ...

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