Polio

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Polio :

Polio By Christina Obrien

What is polio :

What is polio Polio is a viral disease which may affect the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and paralysis. The polio virus enters the body through the mouth, usually from hands contaminated with the stool of an infected person.

Symptoms :

Symptoms Fever. Sore throat. Headache. Vomiting. Fatigue. Back pain or stiffness. Neck pain or stiffness. Pain or stiffness in the arms or legs.

How to prevent it:

How to prevent it There is no cure for polio, only treatment to alleviate the symptoms.  Heat and physical therapy is used to stimulate the muscles and antispasmodic drugs are given to relax the muscles. While this can improve mobility, it cannot reverse permanent polio paralysis.

risks:

risks The greatest risk of polio if you haven't been immunized against the disease Travel to an area where polio is common or that has recently experienced an outbreak Extreme stress or strenuous physical activity after being exposed to poliovirus, both of which can depress your immune system

How many are diagnosed :

How many are diagnosed The last cases of naturally occurring paralytic polio in the United States were in 1979 There were 416 reported cases in 2013 Today, only 3 countries in the world have never stopped transmission of polio (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan).

How many deaths :

How many deaths In 1952 alone, nearly 60,000 children were infected with the virus; thousands were paralyzed, and more than 3,000 died The first major polio epidemic in the United States hit Vermont in 1894 with 132 cases

Personal experience :

Personal experience I don’t know anyone with polio so it doesn’t affect me

recourses:

recourses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliomyelitis

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