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Health authorities on Tuesday declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease in more than a dozen countries.
The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives of nearly 80 million children under the age of 1 at risk, according to a new analysis from the World Health Organization and partners.
Mitch McConnell’s earliest childhood memory is the day he left the polio treatment center at Warm Springs, Georgia, for the last time.
Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.
Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children.
Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program.
A goal that seemed nearly impossible just decades ago is now within reach: total eradication of polio.
Bill Gates is scheduled to speak in Spokane on Saturday, May 18, about joint work with Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide. The talk will be before about 750 members of the service organization gathered for a conference from Seattle, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Canada.
On April 22, 1935, a tourist from New York named Fred Hill waded through the crowd at the White House Easter Egg Roll, pointed his movie camera at the South Portico and captured seven seconds of history. As Hill filmed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had been disabled by polio 14 years before, emerged and – with the help of a cane and his bodyguard – walked unsteadily to wave to the crowd.
Tom Ogan, 63, taught himself to play golf despite severely limited strength and balance resulting from polio, which he contracted as a child in South Korea. He wants the city to resume its short-lived policy of waiving a fee charged for using a personal golf cart, the only way he can play.
From our archive, 100 years ago After three days of nail-biting, California finally pushed incumbent Woodrow Wilson over the top in the 1916 presidential election.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a physician who was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Police said Monday that Dr. Zaka Ullah was gunned down over the weekend, when he was returning home after evening prayers. It is unclear whether the physician was targeted for his role in the country’s anti-polio campaign.
From our archives, 100 years ago The medical director of the Spokane Public Schools announced plans to vaccinate Spokane children against whooping cough.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a front page box advising parents to be on the watch for a frightening scourge: infantile paralysis.
Gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed seven Pakistani police officers involved in a polio vaccination campaign in two separate attacks Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, police said.
Paralyzed by polio as an infant in India, Minda Dentler recently traveled to the country of her birth to advocate for childhood immunization and offer hope to survivors.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia is suffering an “explosive” outbreak of polio and now has more cases than the rest of the world combined, an official said Friday.
On Monday, the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimated that half the U.S. population could come down with swine flu, and 90,000 victims could end up dead. Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no panic necessary; the numbers may be overestimates.