Polio And Its Effects On Children

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“ I got it [polio] when I was a little girl. My parents watch as I slowed down and my hand stopped working. We couldn’t afford the surgery to fix it, but I finally better. But my hand is a constant remember, but I refuse to let it stop me.”(6) Poliomyelitis, deriving from Greek meaning grey and marrow. Which more than likely refers to the spinal cord, along with the suffix –itis or inflammation.(4) For a time, Poliomyelitis was once was called infantile paralysis because of its primary effects on children; However, Poliomyelitis was later shortened into Polio.(4) Polio is an extremely infectious disease caused by a virus that can attack the nervous system. The Polio can survive and thrive in the throat and intestinal tract of it’s host.(5) It’s most often spread through personal contact with the excrement of an infected person.(5) Also, it is possible that the virus may be spread through bodily fluids, such as saliva. While 95 percent of persons infected by the poliovirus will have no symptoms;(4) four to eight percent of infected with the polio virus have minor symptoms such as: Fever, Fatigue, Nausea, Headache, Flu-like symptoms, Stiffness in the neck and back, and Pain in the limbs.(5) These symptoms will usually subside after 2 to 5 days.
However, a small group with polio will develop very serious symptoms such as Paresthesia, which feeling of needles in the legs. Or Meningitis, which infects the covering of the spinal cord and or the brain. However, this only affects…
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