Polio - How is it spread?

People who are not vaccinated can contract polio directly from an infected person, or by consuming food or drinks that have been contaminated with human waste (faeces) from an infected person.1  The incubation period for poliomyelitis is commonly 7–14 days.2  An infected person may be most contagious from a few days before to a few days after symptoms begin to show.2

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