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Polio is a viral infection of humans that occasionally spreads to the central nervous system Once this happens permanent muscle paralysis development often occurs These cases only occur when the polio virus attacks and destroys the spinal cord and brain tissue that controls muscle activity Its transmitted through oral ingestion of virus present in the stool of infected individuals and saliva Most people do not have symp-toms when they are infected with polio Only about 5 form a small flu-like syndrome termed abortive poliomyelitis that is characterized by fever sore throat headache muscle aches nausea vomiting diminished appetite and a general sick feeling These symptoms only last for three days Another 1 of patients presents viral meningitis that is termed nonparalytic poliomyelitis The symptoms of polio virus meningitis are re-lated to abortive poliomyelitis but also include a stiff sore neck but the headache nau-sea and vomiting are more severe in polio virus meningitis than in abortive poliomyeli-tis People with polio virus display the paralysis that we normally relate with polio Po-lio may also cause breathing problems with the paralysis of the breathing muscles swal-lowing difficulty with aspiration or damage to the brains respiratory center Death may occur in severe cases unless mechanical ventilation is used Most of the people who were afflicted with polio experience incomplete recovery of the brain function One man created a miraculous vaccine that terminated the suffering of millions Jonas Salk is one of the most important medical scientists of the century He was born on October 28 1914 in New York City His parents were Russian-Jewish immi-grants who were very poor Jonass parents encouraged Jonas to study hard and succeed in life Jonas did very well in school When he was only twelve he entered Townsend Harris High School for Gifted Students Once he graduated when he was fifteen years old Jonas decided to study law and become a lawyer He entered the City College of New York to
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