This untreatable virus gives some people flu-like symptoms and nausea and 1 in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis.
Key Facts around Polio
The world-wide vaccination campaign has led to a 99% reduction in reduction in polio cases compared to 1988.1
How do people catch this disease?
- The polio virus spreads from person to person.1,3
- You can get it by eating food or drinking water contaminated by faeces of someone who has the virus, or from coughs and sneezes.1,3
Which countries are affected?
Most countries are now free of polio. The risk of polio is greatest in Asia and Africa.2,3
What are the symptoms?
Fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness of the neck and pain in the limbs.1,3
How serious is the disease?
Polio can be fatal. Severe polio causes paralysis of the legs and arms, and sometimes of the muscles used to breathe.1,3
Can I reduce the chances of catching the disease?
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection:
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