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Caribbean seeking to maintain elimination of poliomyelitis

The Pan American Health Organization PAHO says Caribbean countries are seeking to consolidate measures to maintain elimination and avoid reintroduction of poliomyelitis, or polio, as it is commonly called.
 
PAHO said the region of the Americas registered its last case of polio in 1991, and, in 1994, was the first in the world to receive certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) as free of the disease.
 
PAHO said poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours.
 
While it has no cure, it can be prevented through vaccination.


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