Polio

Eradicated in US w/vaccine

Etiology

  • Virus that can affect lower motor neurons

Risk Factors

  • Acquired in summer mos, most have no sx

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck/back
  • Limb pain→ a minority of these develop flacid paralysis of legs, respiratory muscles

Physical Exam Findings

  • If LMNs affected, will develop: flaccid paralysis, areflexia, ultimately atrophy

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