Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to the Local Health Department.

Polio is a contagious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and digestive tract and invades the nervous system. The virus is found in the stool of infected people. People become infected with polio by swallowing the virus. This can happen when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touch objects or food that may be placed in another person’s mouth. Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that is no longer common in the United States, but still exists in other parts of the world.

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Last Reviewed: 5/10/2017