Poliomyelitis (Polio Virus)

Caleb Callahan and Jonah France

Definition

Polio or Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that can affect the nerves and can partial or fully paralyze you.

Polio

The polio virus is a highly contagious virus that is spread through being coughed or sneezed on by someone who has polio. In most cases, polio causes temporary paralysis but in extreme cases, it is permanent.

Dr. Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk was a medical researcher and virologist (someone who studies viruses). He was born October 28, 1914. He created the first polio vaccine in 1953. He also confirmed there were three types of polio. He first tested the polio vaccine on his family.

Iron Lung

The iron lung helps people who have paralytic polio breathe. They need this because paralytic polio usually paralyzes peoples lungs or heart so it is incredibly hard for them to breathe.

Polio in the Book

In the book James' grandmother had polio.

Famous People Who had Polio

Many famous have had people through out the years and some still contract it today even though it is not common at all.