Poliomyelitis is a communicable disease caused by viral infection and occurs through direct contact with infected secretions. Polio is found worldwide, but immunization has reduced the incidence. Clinical polio affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Disability is more common than death.
Review Date: 10/11/2005
Reviewed By: J. Gordon Lambert, MD, Associate Medical Director; G. Eric Morgan, MS3; Cynthia Godsey, MHSE, MSN, FNP-C, Director of Product Content, RxRemedy