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Can Poliomyelitis Be Genetic
No: Poliomyelitis occurs as a rare response to infection by one of 3 subtypes of the polio virus. These viruses commonly live in the intestinal tract and when common, 95% of those infected had no symptoms.Of those who developed the disease, the active distruction of nerve cells and eventual atrophy(shrinkage) of muscles the nerves supplied produced long term disability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
3 strains 5 outcomes: There are 3 strains of the virus. Infected people can have 5 basic outcomes. 90-95% are asymptomatic, showing no illnes.Abortive illness is a brief flu like process. Nonparalytic polio is longer & marked by neck&spine rigidity but no parylisis.Paralytic polio adds paralysis to the symptoms & some die. Some survivors of paralytic polio have a post polio syndrome (new weakness) 30-40 yrs later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below:: As a highly infectious virus, polio invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. 1 in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). 5-10% die due to resp. Failure. ...Read more
Exposure to virus: The oral secretions of an infected patient are contageous before the onset of symptoms & up to two weeks. The patients stool will contain virus for weeks. You can be exposed to droplets of a cough& the virus can be active for days at room temperature on surfaces. Touch it & touch your mouth & you are exposed. It is a human to human only germ, no pets or insects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral secretion/stool: The virus is active in the oral secretions of an infected patient from shortly before the onset of symptoms for up to 2 weeks. It is excreted in the stool for several weeks after the onset of illness. The virus is stable for days at room temperature. Contact with any viral material on hands or inhaled as droplets can pass the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below:: Tests include: cultures of throat washings, stools, or cerebrospinal fluid (csf); routine CSF examination; test for levels of antibodies to the polio virus. A physician may find: abnormal reflexes; back stiffness; difficulty lifting the head or legs when lying flat on the back; stiff neck ; & trouble bending the neck. ...Read more
See your doctor: Luckily, due to the effectiveness of the polio vaccine, the disease has become very uncommon in the world. As of 13 june 2012, only 73 cases have been reported in the world this year. Most of them (40) were in nigeria. If you have a concern, i would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu-like symptoms of: sore throat, fever, nausea & vomiting in some, but infection with any serotype of poliovirus may not cause any symptoms in an immune-competent person. If the virus causes meningitis, add headache, stiff/sore neck & back, lethargy & risk of paralysis of the legs & other muscles including the diaphragm. I've seen kids die of poliomyelitis & other vaccine-preventable illnesses. I may see it again. ...Read more
Virus: Poliomyelitis is a viral infection. It has been nearly, but not completely eradicated from the world, but there are still cases in countries such as pakistan, afghanistan and nigeria. Although, not recently seen in usa, it is still important to vaccinate for polio. Since it has not been completely eradicated it would only take a few years for it to come back if we stopped vaccinations. ...Read more
Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that often affects nerves. It can produce either a partial or complete inability to move (paralysis). The virus that causes the disease can be spread through person-to-person contact as well as through contact with infected bodily substances. The polio vaccine is a ...Read more
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