Polio

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral illness that damages nerves that control muscles, resulting in muscle weakness. In severe illnesses, a person can lose the ability to move both arms and legs (paralysis) and may be unable to breathe without help.

Symptoms of polio include:

  • Headache.
  • Sudden fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Neck and back stiffness.
  • Muscle weakness and pain.

Polio is now rare in developed countries, because most children receive immunization against the virus.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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