Jul 22, 2012

Remember: Polio -- Disease 'struck terror' into York County

York, PA (YDR) Most people don't believe Don Slaugh had polio.
He contracted the infectious disease in the summer of 1941, along with more than 100 other York countians. At least nine people died from an epidemic that year that closed schools, banned children from public events and spread fear throughout the community. The virus mostly infected children, but it also hit adults. Continued

Photo: Iron lung (c. 1933) used to "breathe" for polio patients until 1955 when polio vaccine became available is located in the Mobile Medical Museum, Mobile, Alabama (LoC)