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Late Effects of Polio

During the 1940's and 1950's the debilitating disease, Poliomyelitis struck down many people in Ireland. Some were not paralysed, others were partially paralysed and recovered, while others were paralysed partially or severely for life. In Ireland presently, there are more than 7000 survivors. Around 20 to 40 years after their original infection by Polio, many survivors are now experiencing new symptoms, which often require medical advice and treatment. This condition is known as the "Late Effects of Polio" or "Post Polio Syndrome". A much rarer form is called "Post Polio Muscular Atrophy".

These symptoms are not age related and usually appear in the form of:

This condition is internationally recognised and research is ongoing. While there is no known cure, much can be done to alleviate the symptoms and enable the retention of an independent life, often requiring some modification of life style. For more information see:

Polio - The Late Effects Reality
In-depth report providing an insight into the lifestyles of Polio Survivors.

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