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    The mechanism was that polio is one of those diseases that are more severe the older you are when you contract it (some others, like pertussis, work the other way). Under conditions of poor sanitation, people tended to contract polio (which is spread by fecal-oral transmission) as infants, when the risk of serious complications was low. Better sanitation resulted in people contracting it when they were older (school-age kids, teenagers, young adults), which is when the risk is highest.

    There is nothing so practical as a good theory—Kurt Lewin

    by ebohlman on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 11:31:55 AM PDT

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