Top 20 Doctor insights on: Is polio caused by a virus or bacteria

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What is the scientific term for the polio virus?

What is the scientific term for the polio virus?

Trick question: It is poliovirus, an enterovirus belonging to the picornavirus family. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Ehman
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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more


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Can a polio virus infect animals as well as humans?

Can a polio virus infect animals as well as humans?

Vets: Here are three sites where you can get this answered: my pet ed : http://www. Mypeted. Com/ * just answer on-line vets at: http://www. Justanswer. Com/sip/veterinary * ask a vet: http://www. Banfield. Com/pet-owners/pet-health/ask-a-vet * good luck. ...Read more

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What occurs if a polio virus got into a vaccinated body?

Hopefully nothing: That is the whole point of immunization. However, if the body has an abnormal immune system, or the vaccine was not given properly, a person could possibly get sick. ...Read more

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Will all persons exposed to polio virus develop poliomyelitis?

No: Many individuals acquire infection with polio virus, experience headches, stiff nec and irritability, a form of encephalitis. Many of these individuals will not go on to experience damage to motor nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain stem. ...Read more

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Why was the sv40 cancer virus included in the polio vaccine?

Why was the sv40 cancer virus included in the polio vaccine?

Not on purpose: The original killed polio vaccine (which I received) was in some lots contaminated with sv40 because of issues with inactivation kinetics of this virus which contaminated some of the tissue culture lines. It is not at all clear that there has been any adverse effects. ...Read more

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How would/does your body react to the polio virus with no vaccination?

How would/does your body react to the polio virus with no vaccination?

Non-immune: People exposed to wild type polio virus have a 1 or 2 percent chance of getting paralytic polio. ...Read more

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How does the nervous system work after being infected with polio virus that is paralytic polio?

How does the nervous system work after being infected with polio virus that is paralytic polio?

Motor specific: Polio virus specifically affects the nerves controlling the muscles (motor nerves) - the sensory nerves are spared. This causes paralysis or weakness but leaves those with polio will normal sensation. ...Read more

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How is flaccid paralysis related to the polio virus?

How is flaccid paralysis related to the polio virus?

Polio: Lmn (lower motor neuron) lesions leads to flaccid flaccid parelysis. ...Read more

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Who discovered the polio virus? Do we still get the polio vaccine nowadays?

Who discovered the polio virus? Do we still get the polio vaccine nowadays?

Karl Landsteiner &: Erwin Popper discovered the polio virus in 1908. The U.S. used Dr. Salk's 1953 killed polio vaccine from '55-'62. From '63-'99, the U.S. used Dr. Sabin's 1962 live oral vaccine. It's still used where polio is endemic. The U.S. has used the Salk vaccine since 2000. Withered limbs from polio have been documented since early man: note the Egyptian priest's withered left leg. Be wise, immunize! ...Read more

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Is there any way to check the possibility of polio virus in human body excluding test like cerebrospinal fluid means which can be implemented in app??

Is there any way to check the possibility of polio virus in human body excluding test like cerebrospinal fluid means which can be implemented in app??

Throat Swab or Stool: Stool testing is preferred but a nasopharyngeal swab may detect the virus as well. According the CDC website, it is hard to detect the virus in the blood or CSF.

http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/poliomyelitis ...Read more

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How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

Lab tests: Can help to differentiate as it isn't always obvious from symptoms alone. ...Read more

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Is it true that hay fever, other allergies originate in the gut? Caused by a virus or bacteria in the gut? Thank you.

Is it true that hay fever, other allergies originate in the gut? Caused by a virus or bacteria in the gut? Thank you.

Not really.: The ability to be allergic is inherited. If and to what you become allergic is influenced by multiple factors including exposures to foods, inhalants, infectious agents and the timing of those exposures. Other environmental exposures likely play a role, like pollutants. ...Read more

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How can I know if a flu is caused by a virus or a bacteria?

How can I know if a flu is caused by a virus or a bacteria?

Influenza=virus: The flu is a viral infection, and never a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks

Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks

Antibiotics: Antiseptics (such as bleach or alcohol) can kill both bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics, on the other hand, are medications that interfere with specific biological processes present only in bacteria (usually the reproduction process), which results in the death of the bacteria. These processes are not present in viruses, which have a different reproductive method, so antibiotics will not work. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is malaria caused by virus or bacteria?

Please help docs! Is malaria caused by virus or bacteria?

Neither: Malaria is caused by a parasite, the plasmodium. There are different kinds of plasmodium but the best studied one is the plasmodium falciparum. ...Read more

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Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Cord inflammation: Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord. The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

It is difficult: This is something that is best left to the professionals. Although we are taught about signs that are specific to each form of conjunctivitis, they can sometimes overlap or not be present at all. An eye doctor can look at the history of your illness and perform a careful examination to determine the most likely cause. ...Read more

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What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

Causes of disease: There are many, many causes of infectious disease - bacteria and viruses, but also parasites, protozoa, fungi and infectious proteins. It's always good to try and protect oneself by following simple principles of good health - eating well, getting a good nights sleep, avoiding stress, and toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke. Talking to the doctor too about your individual health needs helps ...Read more

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If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

Both are possible: Both bacteria and viruses can be contagious. Always practice good hygiene. Washing you hands is the best prevention. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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How can I know children get sick caused by virus or bacteria by observing symptoms?

How can I know children get sick caused by virus or bacteria by observing symptoms?

Infections: You really cannot tell the difference because viral and bacterial infections can start out the same, fever, cough and congestion, etc. If your child looks pitiful with a fever but then starts playing when its gone, its more likely to be viral. A lot depends on the age of the child. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Infantile Paralysis (Definition)

Infantile paralysis, also called polio, is an infection with the poliovirus causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio is rare now with vaccination, and paralysis is also an uncommon symptom, affecting only a ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more