Polio, also known as poliomyelitis, is a viral disease that can cause lifelong paralysis and even death. The virus is highly contagious and spreads through contaminated water and food, or contact with an infected person’s feces or saliva. While there is no cure for polio, there is a vaccine that can prevent it.

Thanks to widespread vaccination efforts, polio has been almost entirely eradicated in most parts of the world. However, it still persists in a few countries, and efforts to eradicate it completely continue.

It’s important to note that even if you’ve been vaccinated against polio, you can still contract the disease and spread it to others. That’s why it’s essential to continue to practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing, to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you or someone you know has been infected with polio, it’s critical to seek medical attention right away. While there is no cure, medical care can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

Polio remains a significant public health issue, but continued efforts to eradicate the disease through vaccination and public health measures offer hope for a future without polio. Let’s continue to work together to make that future a reality.