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Risking their lives to wipe out polio forever

Polio remains endemic in just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  A  disease is considered endemic if it is common among a particular people or region.

Tragically, these two nations are among the most dangerous for brave health care workers who are fighting to eradicate polio.

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If polio is wiped out, it will be the second disease ever eradicated, after smallpox.

World leaders met at their biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to discuss the global effort to eradicate polio.

The Commonwealth Network represents over fifty nations.

The Terror of Polio

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus.

The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.polio snip

Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death.  Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe. Continue reading Risking their lives to wipe out polio forever