Polio re-emerges in Venezuela 30 years after eradication

A child has been diagnosed with polio in Venezuela, where the infectious viral disease has been eradicated since 1989, according to the Pan American Health Organization, a regional apparatus of the World Health Organization. The Western Hemisphere has been certified polio-free since 1994.
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AWEIL, South Sudan – Arek Chuor, 32, expects to deliver her seventh child in September. It will be her last, she insists.A childhood polio infection has left her with impaired mobility, including a permanent limp. The challenges are only growing as she works for a living and cares for her six children, she said.  Yet she remains apprehensive about family planning – largely because of contraception myths and misconceptions. Women in her community have told her, without evidence, that oral contraceptive pills will worsen her polio symptoms. 
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AbstractBiomarkers classically studied in Alzheimer ’s disease have been analyzed in numerous central nervous system infections in adults, but there are scarce data on these biomarkers in children. Enteroviruses appear to be the most common cause of aseptic meningitis throughout the world. The aim of the study was to investigate neuroinflammatory p roperties of non-polio enteroviruses by measuring CSF concentrations of biomarkers that are involved in neuropathological pathways of neurodegenerative disorders. We measured Aβ42, t-tau, and S100B concentrations in 42 children with enteroviral meningitis (EM) compare...
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Long before he was paralyzed by poliomyelitis, Frederick Bernard Snite, Jr. (1910 to 1954) shared childhood adventures with Joseph Murray (left) and Mary Grass. Much later, as a 26-yr-old tourist to China in 1936, “Fred” was stricken with infantile paralysis. Fortunately, his financier father could marshal resources to save Fred Jr. with an assortment of “iron lung” and other ventilatory assistance devices. After visiting the Shrine of Miracles in 1939 in Lourdes, France, for spiritual inspiration, Fr ed Jr. witnessed the wedding of Joseph and Mary, his two childhood friends, by using the swiveling ...
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We describe the presence of HPeVs in Greece, and we enforce that their diagnosis should be considered in children with neurological outcome such as non-polio AFP.
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Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition that affects polio survivors decades after their initial infection. Despite its high prevalence, the aetiology of PPS remains elusive, mechanisms of progression are poorly understood and the condition is notoriously under-researched. While motor dysfunction is a hallmark feature of the condition, generalised fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased endurance, neuropsychological deficits, sensory symptoms and chronic pain are also often reported and have considerable quality of life implications in PPS. The non-motor aspects of PPS are particularly challenging to evaluate, ...
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False rumors that children are fainting or dying have led parents to turn away vaccinators, threatening the campaign to eradicate the disease.
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Agency blames war, inequality and complacency for 20 million children missing immunisationA dangerous stagnation in vaccination rates is putting children at risk of preventable diseases around the world, the UN children ’s agency has warned, blaming conflict, inequality and complacency.One in 10 children, totalling 20 million globally, missed out on basic immunisation against the life-threatening infections of measles, diphtheria and tetanus last year, says Unicef.Continue reading...
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Pakistan's polio eradication campaign has hit serious problems with an alarming spike in reported cases that has raised doubts over the quality of vaccination reporting and prompted officials to review their approach to stopping the crippling disease.
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