By: Alec McCoy
If it enters though the mouth it will quickly replicate and enter the blood stream. From the bloodstream the virus will begin attacking many of motor neuron cells that control the muscles
for the arms and legs as well as for swallowing, respiration and circulation. Even though it is known for paralyzing its victims only 1 in every 200 patients becomes paralyzed.
- Direct contact with infected life-form.
- Contact with infected mucus or phlegm from the nose or mouth.
- Contact with infected feces.
The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms of disease ranges from on average 7-14 days. Most people don't develop symptoms.
Who does it victimize:
But the Global Polio Eradication Action Plan aims to boost vaccination coverage in those countries.
- General discomfort or uneasiness
- Red throat
- Slight fever
- Sore throat
Degree of Damage:
If it does effect the Brain or spinal cord then it is a medical emergency and paralysis and or death is highly likely, although disability is more common than death.
Symptoms are treated based on their severity. Treatment may include:
- Antibiotics for urinary tract infections
- Moist heat (heating pads, warm towels) to reduce muscle pain and spasms
- Painkillers to reduce headache, muscle pain, and spasms (narcotics are not usually given because they increase the risk of breathing trouble)
- Physical therapy, braces or corrective shoes, or orthopedic surgery to help recover muscle strength and function
- Polio was the virus that killed the 32nd president of the United States (FDR).
- In 95% of the cases there were no symptoms.
- One in every 200 infections lead to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs).
- Among those Paralyzed 5 to 10% of them die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.