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Polio (also known as poliomyelitis) is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus than any other group. The signs and symptoms include:
• loss of reflexes
• severe spasms and muscle pain
• loose and floppy limbs, sometimes on just one side of the body, this is due to the weakness which results from the involvement of the spine
• sudden paralysis (temporary or permanent)
• Deformed limbs (especially the hips, ankles, and feet due to prolonged weakness and the lack of appropriate orthopedic bracing.
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?
There is no cure for Polio and doctors can only treat its symptoms. Some of the common treatments for Polio include physical therapy and antibiotics to relieve the symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
That Polio has been almost eradicated around the world except for just a couple of countries?