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Polio virus infection

(Poliomyelitis)

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Polio occurs when the poliovirus enters through the mouth and replicates in the pharynx, GI tract and local lymphatics which leads to a viral spread along nerve fibers and eventual destruction of motor neurons causing paralysis.

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