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:
Polio is now rare in developed countries, because most children
receive immunization against the virus.
March 24, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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