Traces of polio virus found in London

Traces of polio virus found in London
Traces of polio virus found in London

The World Health Organization and the British authorities announced that traces of polio were found in samples taken from a sewage treatment plant in London.

Polio was common in the UK in the 1950s, but had been eradicated by 2003.

“It is important to note that the virus was found only in environmental samples – no cases of concomitant paralysis were detected,” the World Health Organization said in a statement.

“It is important that all countries, especially those with a high number of travel cases and contact with polio-affected countries and regions, strengthen surveillance to quickly detect any import of a new virus and facilitate a rapid response,” WHO added.

The World Health Organization stressed that “any form of the polio virus, wherever it is, poses a threat to all children in the world.”

Read also: The World Health Organization officially declares the eradication of polio in Africa

Britain’s Health Security Agency says the virus was most likely brought to London by someone who had recently been vaccinated abroad with a live version of the virus.

The agency says the risk is low, but parents should make sure their children are fully immunized against the disease.

Polio is a highly contagious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause permanent paralysis.

Among the strains of this virus, wild poliovirus is the most well-known, and another form of the virus that can spread within certain communities is a virus derived from a vaccine strain.

Despite this very rare type, it has become more frequent in recent years due to a shortage of vaccines in some societies.

And BBC Arabic quoted Specialist Vanessa Saliba, a consultant epidemiologist at the British Health Security Agency, that “most of the population in the UK will be protected from the vaccination they took in childhood, but in some societies where the vaccine coverage low, individuals may still be at risk.

The article is in Arabic

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