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A San Angelo movie marquee in 1949 proclaims the bad news — it’s closed because of the polio scare. Schools, pools and movie theaters were among the gathering places closed during the height of polio epidemics. Medical experts at various times blamed cockroaches, weather and returning soldiers for spreading the disease. Photo courtesy of West Texas Collection, Angelo State University

Polio: A disease with sweeing societal and cultural effects by Patricia Benoit | P/T Writer Published
January 16, 2010 A San Angelo movie marquee in 1949 proclaims the bad news — it’s closed because of the polio scare. Schools, pools and movie theaters were among the gathering places closed during the height of polio epidemics. Medical experts at various times blamed cockroaches, weather and returning soldiers for spreading the disease. Photo courtesy of West Texas Collection, Angelo State University Haunted by dreadful terror, Bell Countians closed schools, pools and movie houses. They never knew where their insidious adversary lurked. It was out there, ready to cripple and kill their children. The foe - poliomyelitis - was finally defeated by a brigade of volunteers armed with the most potent weapon of all - sugar cubes doused with vaccine. Sweet victory, indeed. Dr. Heather Wooten has written a historical, yet personal account chronicling "The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown." She will be speaking at the Bell County Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Polio was more than a disease. "Polio also had a sweeping cultural and societal effect," Wooten wrote in her book.

 

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  • Siendo que tenemos muy presente como Organización Civil nuestra dirección en representar a las personas que padecen de secuela de polio y a sus familias, a los que ya padecen del Síndrome de Post Polio (SPP)
  • Siendo que tenemos muy presente como Organización Civil nuestra dirección en representar a las personas que padecen de secuela de polio y a sus familias, a los que ya padecen del Síndrome de Post Polio (SPP)

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