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What are the symptoms of polio?
Polio initially shows up as mild flu-like symptoms. In a minority of cases, more serious symptoms may appear including muscle pain, muscle weakness and, in extreme cases, paralysis.
Who gets polio?
Anyone can be infected with the polio virus. 80%-90% of cases appear in children under five years of age.
How is polio treated?
Severe polio is treated by supportive treatment, including pain relief and physical therapy.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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