Explainer: What is poliomyelitis or ‘polio’?

Explainer: What is poliomyelitis or ‘polio’?

The Department of Health (DOH) has recently confirmed that poliomyelitis or polio is now back in the Philippines after 19 years.

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What is poliomyelitis (polio)?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poliomyelitis is a “highly infectious viral disease.” This virus commonly affects young children.

Polio could be transmitted through a person-to-person transaction or common vehicles like food or water contamination. It could also be spread through contact with an infected person’s feces.

What are the symptoms of polio?

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Sudden onset of floppy arms or legs

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Who are at risk?

Children below 5 years old are the most vulnerable to polio. However, those not fully immunized could still be infected by the disease.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the DOH said that there is no cure for polio yet. The only way to prevent polio is through vaccination.

The health department also urges the parents to have their children vaccinated to prevent polio.

It was in 2000 when the WHO declared the Philippines as polio-free.

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