Polio (Poliomyelitis)

A preventable viral infection spread by faeces and saliva.

  • Symptoms include fever, headache, weakness, sore throat, nausea and vomiting
  • 1 in 20 people hospitalised with polio will die
  • 50% of survivors have permanent paralysis of varying degrees
  • Prevented by a routine vaccination which may need to be updated before travel

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