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4 ESTIMATED INCIDENCE OF PARALYTIC POLIO AND POLIO INFECTION IN AUSTRALIA

It is estimated that 20,000-40,000 people had paralytic polio in Australia between 1930 and 1988 (see table).

These figures must be increased 100-fold to obtain the estimated number of infected cases during the same time period (2-4 million people).

Information has not been included from 1929 and earlier in this table, although polio was relatively common during that period also.

The number of these people, who have since died or emigrated is unknown, as is the number of people with previous polio who have entered Australia.

The age at infection is not known. An estimate of the present age groups is therefore included in the table.

ESTIMATED INCIDENCE OF PARALYTIC POLIO IN AUSTRALIA FROM 1930 - 1988 BASED ON MORTALITY DATA. ESTIMATED AGE IN 1990 OF PEOPLE WHO CONTRACTED POLIO BETWEEN 1930 AND 1988.
  Total estimated No. of cases of paralytic polio based on a death rate of: Age in 1990 if age at infection was:
Year of death Reported No. of deaths* 10% 5% 0-10 yrs 10yrs+
1930-39 592 5,920 11,840 51-60 61+
1940-49 480 4,800 9,600 41-50 51+
1950-59 871 8,710 17,420 31-40 41+
1960-69 75 750 1,500 21-30 31+
1970-79 11 110 220 11-20 21+
1980-88 1 10 20 1-10 11+
TOTAL: 2,030 20,300 40,600  
* based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

It is likely that the improved respiratory care during the later epidemics resulted in a mortality rate which was closer to 5% than to 10%.

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