Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that can affect nerves and can lead to partial or full paralysis. It is caused by infection with the poliovirus which can be spread by direct person-to-person contact, by contact with infected mucus or phlegm from the nose or mouth, or by contact with infected feces. There are three basic patterns of polio infection: subclinical infections, nonparalytic, and paralytic.Symptoms vary based on the pattern of infection and can range from asymptomatic with subclinical poliomyelitis to partial or full paralysis. Treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms while the infection runs its course. Since the development of polio vaccine, the incidence of the disease has been greatly reduced.The prognosis depends on the form of the disease (subclinical, nonparalytic, or paralytic) and the site affected.
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Undiagnosed Day is April 29th
April 19, 2017
Nutritional Challenges in the High-Risk Infant Monday, September 14, 2009 -
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Location: DC Metro Area,
Description: Evidence was critically evaluated at this workshop. Current gaps in knowledge in this area were identified and research priorities were formulated. The workshop summary will provide NICHD and the scientific community a template to address the scientific and clinical issues related to nutrition and neonatal care.
Contact: Dr. Rosemary D. Higgins, NICHD 301-435-7909
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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