History of polio
In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing thousands of children every year. Soon after the introduction of effective vaccines in the 1950s and 1960s however, polio was brought under control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in these countries.
It took somewhat longer for polio to be recognized as a major problem in developing countries. Lameness surveys during the 1970s revealed that the disease was also prevalent in developing countries. As a result, during the 1970s routine immunization was introduced worldwide as part of national immunization programmes, helping to control the disease in many developing countries.
In 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralysed more than 1000 children worldwide every day. Since then, 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than US$ 8 billion.
Today, polio has been eliminated from most of the world and only four countries remain endemic. In 2009, fewer than 2000 cases were reported for the entire year.
Use this interactive timeline to trace the history of polio from 1580 B.C. to the present.
An Egyptian stele portrays a priest with a withered leg, suggesting that polio has existed for thousands of years.
POSTERIORMENTE LAS PERSONAS CON SECUELA
DE POLIOMIELITIS, GRAN NUMERO DESARROLLA
DEL DESVASTADOR SINDROME DE POST POLIO SPP
ES POR ELLO QUE NO PODEMOS DEJAR QUE EL VIRUS DE LA POLIOMIELITIS GANE LA BATALLA
LOS QUE HEMOS PADECemos DE SECUELA DE POLIOMIELITIS O SPP EXIGIMOS
QUE ESTE VIRUS DESPAREZCA DE LA FAZ DE LA TIERRA.
LOS SOBREVIVIENTES DE POLIOMIELITIS !ESTAMOS VIVOS¡
LOS MEDICOS ACTUALMENTE NOS IGNORAN POR FALTA DE CONOCIMIENTO
SE REQUIERA ESPECIALISTAS EN SPP, EN MEXICO.
CADA UNO DE NOSOTROS DIARAMENTE VENCEMOS MUCHOS OBSTACULOS INDIVIDUALMENTE.
SIN EMBARGO FALTA GANAR LA BATALLA FINAL, LA ERRADICACION DE LA POLIOMIELITIS,
TAMBIEN SE REQUIERE SE CLASIFIQUE EL SINDROME DE POST POLIO DE ACUERDO A LO
QUE ORDENA EL CODIGO "G!4"
TE EXHORTO SI TIENES SECUELAS DE POLIOMIELITIS TE UNAS Y APOYES CON TU
FIRMA EL MANIESTO ESTE ES EL ENLACE:
PASA LA VOZ ENTRE TUS FAMILIARES, AMIGOS, MEDICOS. GRACIAS.
Liliana Marasco Garrido, Sobreviviente de Poliomielitis.