Due to vaccination, the number of polio cases has declined by about 99% since 1988, and in 2016, only 37 cases were detected, far fewer than the 350 000 cases 29 years ago.
Although this decline is incredible, there is still a way to go to eradicate the disease, but this may be close to happening thanks to a revolutionary new method, Nanopatch, which is a microscopy technique to increase the efficiency of vaccines, which may eliminate polio forever.
Thanks to financial investment from the World Health Organization (WHO), researchers from the University of Queensland’s Bioscience area, along with the inventor of the dressing, Professor Mark Kendall, have developed the Nanopatch, which has the ability to combat poliovirus a much more efficient way than traditional vaccines.
Poliomyelitis is one of the most devastating diseases in children of the 20th century, and tens of millions of cases have existed and according to Kendall, the dressing seeks abundant populations of immune cells in the outer layers of the skin instead of muscle tissue, in the system in the most efficient way, and thus prevent one hundred percent the disease.
Because Nanopatch has such a high efficiency rate, and at such a low cost, this may actually be the ultimate treatment, which will even eradicate polio from time to time. Due to being extremely debilitating, the disease is terrible, and in any case, it is an additional case, and not only in this disease, but Nanopatch can change the world of vaccines forever, both in terms of costs and efficiency.
Although Nanopatch has been developed with polio in view, it has the ability to be used for many other diseases with minor changes, and save millions of lives in a simple way around the world. The concept of Nanopatch allows it to be not only efficient and extremely cheap, but also safe for transport and resistant to high temperatures, as well as very simple storage, being the logical option for the combat and prevention of diseases in third world countries.