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Asclepio. 2009;61(1):39-54.

[Epidemiological and virological studies into the poliomyelitis in Valencia (1959-1969)].

[Article in Spanish]

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Instituto de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia "López Piñero," Universitat de València-CSIC


Studies into the polio virus began in Valencia in 1959 with the work undertaken by the microbiologist Vicente Sanchis-Bayarri Vaillant. After his education at the Rochester University and at the Pasteur Institute, Sanchis-Bayarri Vaillant established a laboratory of cell cultures at the Faculty of Medicine in Valencia, where he developed a new diagnostic technique for the poliomyelitis virus. In addition, epidemiological studies were carried out both prior to and post the 1963 vaccination campaign, which proved that Sabin's oral vaccine was both effective and safe for use.

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