How can you get it?By sharing food with an infected person,drinking liquids that are contaminated withpoliovirus, and by sharing or touching anitem contaminated by the virus.The polio virus lives in the throat andintestinal tract of infected persons. Thevirus enters the body through the mouth,usually from hands contaminated with thevirus. Objects, such as eating utensils, canalso spread the virus.
Polio SymptomsThe symptoms are fever, headache, musclepain, and nausea. Symptoms usuallyappear 7 to 14 days after a personbecomes infected with the poliovirus. Up to95 percent of people who are infected withpoliovirus will have no symptoms.
Polio TreatmentThere is no treatment that will kill thepoliovirus. Therefore, when dealing withpolio, the body has to fights the virusaway (run its own course).Most people recover from polio withoutany long-term problems.
What is the Polio Vaccine?There are two general types. One type isthe inactivated vaccine, which contains nolive poliovirus. The other type is the oralvaccine, which contains live but weakenedpoliovirus.