In reaction to Zika, echoes of polio

Parallels can be seen in the panic, prejudices and responses to a virus

BY DONALD G. MCNEIL JR.
HEALTH + SCIENCE


Exactly 100 years ago this summer, New York City was hit by one of the worst epidemics it had ever seen: the first explosive American outbreak of infantile paralysis — a disease later known as polio. It was a mystifying, terrifying illness. Most...

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