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Infantile Paralysis

Infantile Paralysis Causes

Infantile paralysis is caused by the polio virus. The virus thrives in unsanitary places such as sewers and can be transmitted from one person to another through contact with one's saliva or feces.

Infantile Paralysis Definition

Infantile paralysis is the old name for the disease poliomyelitis (or polio). It is an infectious disease transmitted from one's saliva or feces, and it can lead to paralysis and muscle dystrophy.

Infantile Paralysis Diagnosis

Polio can be diagnosed by means of physical and medical examination.

Infantile Paralysis Symptoms and Signs

Persons with the disease begin to exhibit symptoms such as headaches, fever and flu. Eventually they experience extreme muscle pain that leads to weakness and immobility. They also lose control of their voluntary muscle functions such that they resort to seizures and drooling.

Infantile Paralysis Treatment

There is no exact treatment for infantile paralysis. A vaccine is available to protect people from the virus and it has been effective in reducing the number of polio cases. Those afflicted by the disease meanwhile can undergo speech therapy as well as physical and occupational therapies to keep their muscles from total degeneration.

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