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A practical approach to the late effects of Polio
Charlotte Leboeuf

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1 POLIO LOOKING BACK

Polio (poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis as it has also been called) is a viral disease that was common in the Western world until the early 1960s. There were two particularly large epidemic outbreaks, one in the late 1930s and early 1940s and the other about ten years later (1). It has been estimated that between 20,000 and 40,000 people had polio in Australia from 1930 onwards (2). Between 1930 and 1960 there were approximately 2,000 reported deaths due to acute polio (2).

If you are one of the many people who had polio, you may, at the time, have experienced some or all of the following:

Please note, that although I am talking about past acute polio as you may have experienced it, polio itself is not a thing of the past. The disease is still as common in other parts of the world as it once was in Australia.

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