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Which pathogen causes polio?

Which pathogen causes polio?

Poliovirus: Polio is caused by a virus called poliovirus. This is an RNA virus and colonized the gastrointestinal tract (mouth to intestines).

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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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Why does polio cause such pain?

Why does polio cause such pain?

Poliomyelitis: Acute poliovirus infection causing paralysis does not cause muscle pain but significant pain may occur with the post-polio syndrome which happens years after with deterioration of the nervous pathways to the muscles affected in acute disease.

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How can polio cause respiratory problems at the cellular level?

How can polio cause respiratory problems at the cellular level?

BulbarPolioBrainStem: Respiration is affected when polio virus attacks brain stem that can cause respiratory failure.It is called Bulbar Polio and needs ventilater to breath In old days it was called Iron Lung Does not affect at cellular level

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How can polio cause respiratory problems at the cellular level?

How can polio cause respiratory problems at the cellular level?

The same way that...: Poliovirus causes weakness in other muscles. Respiratory issues are caused by respiratory muscle flaccid paralysis caused by the destruction of motor nerve cells.

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Can the pain/weakness caused by post polio syndrome be eradicated?

Can the pain/weakness caused by post polio syndrome be eradicated?

No SpecificTreatment: Only by pain meds Proper amount of sleep Well Balanced diet Avoid smoking and overeating So far there is no specific treatment to prevent or treat pain and weakness

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What to do if I have post polio. What side effects will this statin drug cause?

Potentials: Statins do cause muscular adverse events, and one can experience pain, aching, weakness, and rarely, rhabdomyolysis. Most common is effect on muscle, but rarely, also, effect on peripheral nerve. Your prior polio might make the adverse events far more intense, if they occur, but there is no increased risk of muscle or nerve adverse events in those with prior polio.

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What is polio? Who gets polio? What causes polio? What are the symptoms of polio? Is there a treatment or cure for polio?

Poliomyelitis: Is a viral infection of humans that in about 1 in 100 infections will cause a febrile illness with asymmetrical weakness of muscles that if affecting the respiratory muscles may require respiratory support. In the heyday of the disease, in the 1940s and 50s, many children were placed in the old "iron lungs". There is no treatment but vaccination has basically eradicated it in the developed world.

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What type of vaccine is the polio vaccine?

What type of vaccine is the polio vaccine?

The current polio: Vaccine in the usa is an inactivated (killed) virus vaccine.

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What is the cause of polio in pakistan?

What is the cause of polio in pakistan?

The cause is: The same no matter polio occurs. Poliomyelitis virus spread by contaminated water.

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Can strep cause polio?

Can strep cause polio?

No it can not: Polio is caused by infection with polio vaccine and nothing else can cause it It s preventable and has been successfully eradicated 90% in the world by polio vaccine

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What causes "post-polio syndrome"?

Polio + aging: Post-polio syndrome results in spinal motor neurons (those that supply voluntary muscles) which were affected often decades earlier by polio virus to degenerate & stop functioning normally. Theory is that the neuron is weakened & now succumbing to continuing muscle use which overtaxes the neuron metabolism. Reduced activity is the only remedy but won't reverse damage already done.

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What is pulse polio? What causes of pulse polio?

What is pulse polio? What causes of pulse polio?

Not a disease: Pulse polio is not a disease but it was a campaign Established by Gove of India in 1995-1996 to eradicate Polio by vaccinating all children by the age of 5 In 2014 EHO proclaimed India free of Polio That was the success of vaccinating all children

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Can chronic constopation be caused by polio where the muscles and nerves are weakened?

Unlikely: Polio, in its day, affected the anterior horn cell in the spinal cord, and not autonomic functions of bladder or bowel. Although, a chronic residua of polio might cause issues with aging, a change in bowel habits should not be attributed to polio unless no other answer is forthcoming. Since colon problems increase in frequency with aging, see a gastroenterologist and get evaluated.

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What causes muscle weakness in polio?

What causes muscle weakness in polio?

See below: The polio virus attacks the nerves in the spinal cord that supply the muscles. Called motor nerves. Polio does not affect the nerves that deal with sensation. When the nerves die due to the polio virus, the muscles tend to wither and that is what causes the weakness. Post polio syndrome can occur 30-40 years later with new symptoms of weakness and fatigue. It is not a reactivation of the virus.

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In unvaccinated infants, which type of polio infection is the most common for them?

Wild polio: If for philosophical or religious or fear of autism reasons a family decides not to vaccinate their children, I have a problem with that.

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I have been bothered chronically with increasingly painful leg aches since I had a mild case of polio at 14. Can polio cause residual problems later?

I have been bothered chronically with increasingly painful leg aches since I had a mild case of polio at 14. Can polio cause residual problems later?

Post-polio syndrome: Some pts who have suffered prior polio may experience additional symptoms as they age. In most cases, this does not represent recurrent viral issues, but rather a superimposed problem such as arthritis, or pinched nerves in face of prior damage, which makes all a bit worse. A neurologist may be helpful, as you need to sort out co-morbidities.

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What type of polio vaccine is given in the usa for prevention of poliomyelitis?

What type of polio vaccine is given in the usa for prevention of poliomyelitis?

Injected/killed: The live weakened oral polio vaccine was the USA standard from the late early 60's until the early 90's. There was a low, but real risk of polio (1/1-2 million doses) with the oral vaccine that was not present with the enhanced injected vaccine. By the late 90's, the oral polio vaccine was not available to most physicians and the injected became the standard.

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HELLO DR. D IN REFRENCE TO A RELATIVE HAVING BEEN BORN WITH POLIO IN THE LEGS AND GOUT WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE COULD HELP THE MUSCLES IF ANY MS D?

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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