Informative Essay On Polio

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Polio is ugly. If you were a parent in the early 1950s and 60s, it could’ve been a very scary time. Many American families had either been touched by or knew someone who had been touched by this dreaded disease called infantile paralysis, which later came to the be known as polio. My family was no exception. Even though slightly less than 1% of all individuals who contracted polio ended up with paralysis, children were left in braces, iron lungs, and with permanent disfigurements. As a four year old in kindergarten, I became friends with a petite little girl who had curly brown hair, a pretty smile and big, awkward metal braces on both legs. She also used a walker and made a distinct clanking noise when she walked. It was as if both of…show more content…
I want to share what I have learned about the prevention and eradication of polio, successes and fiascoes during clinical trials, and finally, I want to share what I have learned about what people experienced when they had to live with this virus on a daily basis from information gathered from people who suffered…show more content…
There’s evidence that this virus existed all the way back to Egyptian times when a mummified child showed a disfigured and shortened lower limb. This virus that attacks the nerves of the brain and spinal cord and may result in paralysis of muscles, usually asymmetrically, with lower limb involvement. Polio is spread through person-to-person contact, typically fecal-oral transmission. When a child is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. It is then shed into the environment through the feces where it can spread rapidly through a community, especially in situations where poor hygiene and sanitation are lacking. Polio can also be transmitted by unwashed hands or contaminated water. The virus depends on survival by invading a host cell, where it

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