Polio is a serious illness caused by a virus. It still affects many parts of the world. It is nearly eliminated in the US. It can cause:
The polio virus can be spread by person to person contact and by contaminated water. Anyone can develop this infection.
This disease affected thousands of children each year prior to 1950 when the polio vaccine was developed. The use of the vaccine has made polio rare in developed nations.
Most people who get the infection have no symptoms at all. But some people can develop the following:
- Mild fever
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
There is no cure for polio. Treatment aims to manage the symptoms of the disease
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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