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Michael Poidinger mikep at uniwa.uwa.edu.au
Thu Oct 27 11:01:13 EST 1994


In article <Pine.3.88.9410150909.A2272-0100000 at server> mmink at SERVER.NYBC.ORG (Michael mink) writes:
>From: mmink at SERVER.NYBC.ORG (Michael mink)
>Subject: Re: Polio vaccination
>Date: 15 Oct 1994 06:44:09 -0700

>It was reported at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Molecular 
>Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases that polio has been 
>effectively eliminated from the western hemisphere as of September 29th, 
>1994.

>Congradulations to the science of Virology!
>M. Mink
>New York Blood Center
>mmink at server.nybc.org

Yes, well this is a bit of a misguiding comment.  Wildtype polio has been 
eliminated.  Attenuated vaccine strains still run strong in the Western World, 
and they can occasionally cause problems.  There was a man that contracted 
polio from changing the nappies on his baby last year, after said baby was 
vaccinated but the vaccine reverted.  Polio virus, in one form or another, 
will be around for a while to come.

Mike


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