Featured Polio Articles
Descriptions of Featured Polio Articles
Polio is a contagious illness that used to be very common in the United States. This selection from the eMedTV Web site provides an overview of polio, including its transmission, treatment, prevention, and history.
Polio prevention is available through either an inactive or oral polio vaccine. This eMedTV page explains the differences between the two types and describes a typical vaccination schedule for children. A brief history of the disease is also included.
What Is Polio?
Polio is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. As this eMedTV segment explains, it caused severe illness in thousands of people each year before a vaccine was introduced in 1955. This page also describes transmission, symptoms, and more.
Poliovirus is a highly contagious virus that only affects humans; as this eMedTV article explains, it is also the cause of polio. This page describes the virus in detail, including information on its transmission, history, and possible eradication.
Fever, muscle aches, and abdominal pain are a few of the possible symptoms of polio. This eMedTV segment provides more information about potential symptoms and explains that most people who are infected with the poliovirus have no symptoms.
History of Polio
Polio goes back to records from antiquity; they mentioned diseases compatible with polio. As this eMedTV segment explains, the history of polio changed following the licensing of a polio vaccine in 1955. This page describes this condition's history.
Causes of Polio
There are not several causes of polio -- only one: poliovirus. As this part of the eMedTV library explains, polio is caused by an infection with poliovirus, a highly contagious virus that only infects humans. This page describes the cause of polio.
As this eMedTV segment explains, the history of polio stretches from antiquity to the present day. This article takes an in-depth look at the history of this disease, including how the inactivated polio vaccine changed the course of the disease.
Poliomyelitis virus is the highly contagious virus that causes polio. This selection from the eMedTV archives provides an overview of this virus, discussing its history, transmission, and possible eradication.
As this eMedTV article explains, polio cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated while the body fights the poliovirus. This page takes a closer look at the treatment options for polio, including the options for long-term treatment.
Symptoms of Polio
The signs and symptoms of polio can range from fever to muscle aches to paralysis. This part of the eMedTV library takes an in-depth look at possible symptoms, including those of paralytic poliomyelitis, which occurs in less than one percent of cases.
Vaccinations for polio come in two forms, inactive and oral, but both are effective at preventing disease. This eMedTV segment discusses the types, history, and administration of this vaccination, including a recommended schedule for children.
As this eMedTV article explains, post-polio syndrome is a condition that can affect polio survivors many years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliovirus. This resource takes an in-depth look at this topic.
What Causes Polio?
What causes polio? This eMedTV page explains that polio is caused by an infection with the poliovirus, a highly contagious virus that only affects humans. This article provides a description of poliovirus and explains how it is transmitted.
Symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome
Common symptoms of post-polio syndrome include slowly progressing muscle weakness and loss of muscle. This eMedTV page talks about these and other signs and symptoms, and explains how they are often related to the severity of the original case of polio.
Treatment for Polio
Treatment for polio usually consists of fluids, medications, and rest to treat the symptoms of the disease. This eMedTV segment explains that there is currently no cure for polio, so treatment focuses on supportive care until the patient recovers.
What Are the Symptoms of Polio?
Common signs and symptoms of polio include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and even paralysis. This eMedTV resource answers the question, "What are the symptoms of polio?" and offers a detailed list of common and uncommon polio symptoms.
How Do You Diagnose Polio?
How do you diagnose polio? As this eMedTV article explains, in order to diagnose polio, the doctor will ask the patient several questions and perform a physical exam. This article takes an in-depth look at the process of diagnosing polio.
How Do You Get Polio?
How do you get polio? As this eMedTV article explains, polio can be transmitted in many ways, including sharing food with an infected person or drinking fluids that are contaminated with poliovirus. This page describes polio transmission in detail.