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People Who Died from Polio

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  • Amy Philomena Lawrence (1907 - 1916)
    From infantile paralysis, Amy Philomena Lawrence, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lawrence, died at their home in McSherrystown at noon, Thursday, aged 8 years, 11 months, and 2 days. She had been ill for ...
  • Paul Eugene McClendon (1951 - 1951)
    Died from polio as a 6 month old.
  • Russell Elmer Gueltzow (1924 - 1946)
    Winona Repulican Herald -- July 16, 1946 Alma Soldier Dies of Polio on Luzon Alma, Wis. -- (Special) -- Private First Class Russell E. Gueltzow, 22, Alma, died of infantile paralysis on Luzon Island in...
  • Getúlio Sarmanho Vargas (1920 - 1943)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Sep 15 2017, 18:07:23 UTC * Reference: FamilySearch Family Tree - SmartCopy : May 28 2020, 11:37:46 UTC
  • Harold Salwen (1913 - 1916)


This project is for those who DIED from Polio or a complication of polio.

If they SURVIVED Polio, please add to: Polio Survivors

Also known as: Poliomyelitis, polio, infantile paralysis

Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, according to the CDC, is an incurable, "crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person invading the brain and spinal cord and causing paralysis." One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.
In those with muscle weakness about 2% to 5% of children and 15% to 30% of adults die.

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