Could the control and elimination of polio have been faked by simply changing the criteria we use to diagnosis kids with paralytic polio?
DDT is a pesticide that was widely used after World War II and was sometimes sprayed in a vain attempt to keep polio outbreaks from getting out of control. That is the only connection to polio though.
Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955, an inactivated vaccine that we still use today.
The first polio vaccines were licensed in the 1950s and ’60s by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin and have helped us get close to eradicating polio.