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polio
 

Polio is a disease that can infect the central nervous system and cause lasting disabilities in a small number of infected individuals. Polio is a contagious viral illness.

 
Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

 

 
Causes

Causes may include:

 

  • contaminated water and food
  • direct contact with someone infected with the virus or who has recently received an oral polio vaccine (OPV), which contains live virus
  • living with a recently infected person
 
Treatments

Treatment may include:

 

  • medication
  • pain medication
  • ventilators to assist breathing
  • exercise

There is no cure for polio.

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