Virus that causes polio has been discovered in sewage water in London

Virus that causes polio has been discovered in sewage water in London

The last case of polio in the UK occurred in 1984, and no contagious cases have been detected so far, although the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) warned of the virus emerging as early as June, following the effects of the virus. It was found during a routine inspection of a sewage treatment plant in Becton.

During the routine procedure, children receive immunizations at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, followed by immunizations at 3 and 14 years of age. In addition, children will receive the dose provided now, that is, as soon as possible at the request of the authorities. Vaccinations will start in areas where the virus has been detected and where the vaccination rate is low, and then continue at a rapid pace in other London boroughs.

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Polio is a contagious flu-like virus that can be spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as through food, water, or objects that have come into contact with the feces of an infected person. Symptoms: high fever, abnormal fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and muscle aches. These usually last for ten days, but may also cause more severe, potentially life-threatening symptoms. It mainly affects children under the age of five, although unvaccinated adults can also be infected.

The virus has been eradicated from most of the world thanks to a successful global vaccination programme, but it is still present in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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