Polio (or poliomyelitis) is a disease that can cause lameness among children. It can cripple a child for life. According to WHO, one out of every 200 cases, polio virus passes to the spinal cord where it can destroy the nerve cells which activate the muscles.
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Poliomyelitis is an acute viral infection caused by Polioviruses. It is primarily an infection of the human alimentary tract, but may affect the central nervous system in a very small percentage of cases resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.