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    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.

    Current as of: May 24, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology

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