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What increases my risk for flaccid paralysis?

Your risk for getting flaccid paralysis is much higher if you are under the age of fifteen or if you live in tropical regions. Having a polio-like illness or being exposed to certain kinds of viruses can also increase your chance of getting this condition. Your risk increases significantly if you have West Nile virus, since West Nile poliomyelitis can cause a person's spinal cord to become inflamed, damaging the nerves and structures associated with flaccid paralysis.

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