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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 diagnosed?
Polio is diagnosed by testing samples taken from the feces or the throat, and, if necessary, from the fluid around the spinal cord and brain.
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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