How is flaccid paralysis related to polio?

One of the causes of flaccid paralysis can be a poliovirus infection. Although flaccid paralysis can be caused by other viruses and infectious agents, when it was first identified it was most strongly associated with polio. The sudden onset of muscle weakness that indicates flaccid paralysis is one of the first symptoms of polio. Polio is a highly contagious and serious disease, and now considered rare thanks to widespread vaccination. Thus, government health agencies closely monitor signs of flaccid paralysis to look for a possible outbreak.

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