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Polio: Do we have to worry about it once again? — BBC News

Monday, 15 August, 2022

Polio: Do we have to worry about it once again? — BBC News

A man in an iron lung
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Polio used to be one of the most feared childhood diseases. It can attack the nervous system and - in just a few hours - leave someone paralysed.

If it paralyses the chest muscles, people are unable to breathe.

And the sarcophagus-like iron lung, which uses bellows to keep the patient breathing, was once a common sight on polio wards.

But all this feels like a long-forgotten era - and for good reason.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-62492791

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