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Polio is a highly contagious disease that is caused by the poliovirus. While it used to be a common disease in the United States, affecting thousands of people, the introduction of the polio vaccine has caused the number of cases to drop dramatically. The symptoms a person experiences depend on the severity of the disease. Because there is nothing that can kill the poliovirus, treatment focuses on supportive care -- treating the symptoms that result from the illness while the body fights the infection.
Welcome to the Polio Health Channel by eMedTV. We hope you find this channel to be a useful tool. It contains dozens of articles on polio, including information on how the virus that causes it is spread, how a polio diagnosis is made, and specific symptoms. Articles are also provided on the history of polio and the impact the polio vaccine has had on efforts to eradicate the disease.
Many people begin their eMedTV polio experience by clicking one of the featured links located on this page. You can also start with the health topic section on the left side to find a topic of interest. If you do not find the specific information that you are looking for in these two locations, use the search box at the top of this page.
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