Polio, also known as Poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. There are three types of Polio infections namely Sub-Clinical, Non-Paralytic and Paralytic. Some of the common signs of Polio include sore, red throat, headache, vomiting, and general discomfort.
HOW IS POLIO DIAGNOSED?
Poliovirus is often transmitted from one person to another through fecal matter and a Pediatric/General Physician diagnoses Polio by conducting a physical examination and taking a sample of the patient's throat secretions, stool or cerebrospinal fluid.
HOW IS POLIO TREATED?
Prevention is the best treatment for polio and there are vaccines available in both oral and injectable forms, which are given in doses to kids up to 5 years of age. There is no other treatment for polio though patients can be given physical therapy, braces, corrective shoes and surgery is done in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Polio virus affects the limb and the damage is irreversible and for life.