Date Posted: 10-07-2013
Cockroaches are pests that live where human beings usually reside. Photo courtesy of Salamat Dok

MANILA, Philippines— Cockroaches put your child in danger because it can cause an infectious disease called poliomyelitis.

Cockroaches are considered to be unhygienic scavengers that breed and spread in human settlements.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cockroaches are common pests found in many homes.

These pests usually smell bad and search for food in kitchens, food storages, rubbish bins and sewers.

Cockroaches usually thrive in tropical countries, and can be found in different parts of the house or building for as long as it’s in a warm and moist condition.

Cockroaches can carry diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, and cholera.

It was also said that it can feed on a great variety of food including those made of sugary or starchy materials, milk, cheese, meats, pastry, grain products, sugar and sweet chocolate.

Cockroaches can also feed on fresh and dried blood, excrement, fingernails and toenails.

Some people are just merely allergic to constant exposure to these creatures.

Other diseases that can be caused by cockroaches are leprosy and plague, as well as poliomyelitis.

A dreaded disease

According to the WHO, poliomyelitis (polio) is an infectious disease that usually affects young children.

It is caused by the poliovirus.

This virus is transmitted through intake of contaminated food and water that can quickly multiply in the intestines.

It can also be transmitted from one person to another, contact with infected mucus or phlegm and infected feces.

The virus itself makes its entrance through the mouth and nose, multiplies in the throat and affects the intestinal tract.

It can become severe once it is spread through the blood and lymph system.

Symptoms of polio are fever, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, and stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs.

Sometimes, it may even cause paralysis to an infected person.

People who are highly at risk are those who do not have immunity against polio, and those who travel to an area with a previous polio outbreak.

NLM says treatment include antibiotics, moist heat, painkillers and physical therapy.

It is better to get an immunization against polio in order to prevent it.