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polio

Infections
May 3, 2019

Winning the war against polio

Thankfully, due to routine immunisations, South Africa has been free from polio since 1989. There are, however still cases of polio in other countries. In recent years, the number of people affected by polio has decreased, but unfortunately, even a small number of infected people can put many others at risk.
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Cancer & lymphoma
October 31, 2017

Fighting cancer with Polio!

Every year, 12 million people worldwide will hear the words “you have cancer”. There are few illnesses as terrifying as cancer. With one in four South Africans being affected in their lifetime, it is almost impossible to remain untouched by the disease. Why haven’t we found a cure for cancer? Cancer starts when cells start to grow abnormally, get out of control and begin to crowd out normal cells. These abnormal cells also start to invade other tissues. Together, this makes it hard for the body to work the way it should. “Cancer” is not just one disease, it’s a…
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polio
Infections
October 24, 2014

Why polio vaccines still matter

Polio - didn’t that disease die out with snail-mail and telex machines? Today is World Polio Day and, no – polio is still happening out there. In March of 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the risk assessment of international spread of polio from central Africa - particularly Cameroon - to very high. (more…)
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Infections
July 15, 2014

Polio still not dead

While polio may seem like history for most of the world, it’s still very much alive in countries like Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but a new study may have found a way to eradicate the disease for good. The study suggests that giving vaccinated children an extra dose of inactivated polio vaccine could boost their immunity and help eradicate the highly infectious disease. (more…)
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