London Sewage Samples show Strands of Polio
The 1950s may be making a return to the United Kingdom...
As the world has just recovered from the Covid pandemic, we are always uneasy at the mention of any arising diseases or viruses. Speaking of, what the hell happened to Monkey Pox? Anyway, the virus that causes polio has been detected in a concerning number of sewage samples in London, according to those health officials testing the waters.
In the 1950s, Polio was a very common disease in the United Kingdom. By the turn of the century, the disease was eradicated. According to the Health Security Agency in the UK, somebody probably imported the disease to London by receiving a vaccine overseas with a live form of the virus.
No matter where it has shown up, it remains a low risk. Health officials are still urging parents to ensure their children have been fully vaccinated against the disease.
"Most of the UK population will be protected from vaccination in childhood, but in some communities with low vaccine coverage, individuals may remain at risk."
Dr. Vanessa Saliba, a consultant epidemiologist at UKHSA, said.
Children receive an inactivated polio vaccine three times before the age of one. They receive the vaccine again and three and 14. Individuals taking the first three doses is about to 86% in London and the rest of the UK registers 92%.
The WHO is now involved as United Kingdom health officials have declared the situation a national incident.
Read more on the sewage detection, polio’s eradication, and more about the disease HERE