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What Polio Can Look Like

In 2008, there were 1655 reported cases of Polio around the world.  Imagine how far a few of your dollars can go in eradicating this epidemic forever.  Polio, since the release of its vaccination was temporarily eradicated and now it is back.  It is contagious; it can be paralytic.  It can kill.  Let’s do what we can to make sure it doesn’t strike us, or anyone else, ever again.

“We now have the means to protect our nation’s children against terrible diseases, such as polio…”

— Steve Cochi, MD

According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative:

“It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but affects mainly children under three (over 50% of all cases). The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Amongst those paralyzed, 5%-10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. Although polio paralysis is the most visible sign of polio infection, fewer than 1% of polio infections ever result in paralysis. Poliovirus can spread widely before cases of paralysis are seen. As most people infected with poliovirus have no signs of illness, they are never aware they have been infected. After initial infection with poliovirus, the virus is shed intermittently in feces (excrement) for several weeks. During that time, polio can spread rapidly through the community.”

“If you want to save your child from polio, you can pray or you can inoculate. ... Choose science.”

— Carl Sagan