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Polio spreading in London: UK health authorities

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In this photo illustration, the poliomyelitis virus vaccine with stethoscope and syringe are pictured.
This photo illustration shows a polio vaccine, a stethoscope and a syringe. Photo by File Photo /Getty Images

London — UK launches polio vaccine booster for children We are starting a campaign. London was under 10 years old after the virus was confirmed to be spreading in the capital for the first time since the 1980s.

The UK Health Security Agency has identified 116 polioviruses in 19 sewage samples in London this year. The alert was first issued in June when the virus was found in a sewage sample.

The level and genetic diversity of the poliovirus discovered since then showed transmission in many boroughs of London, officials said Wednesday.

No cases have yet been confirmed, but ahead of a possible outbreak, the general practitioner has already called for her 1- to 9-year-old to boost her vaccine, along with It's also running a wider catch-up his campaign that has been announced. Immunization coverage across London varies, but on average is below the 95% coverage that the World Health Organization suggests is necessary to maintain polio control.

Polio, spread primarily through faecal contamination, kills and paralyzes thousands of children worldwide each year. Although there is no cure, vaccination has brought the world closer to the end of wild or naturally occurring diseases. Less than 1% of her infected children become paralyzed.

The virus found in London sewage is primarily a vaccine-like virus, found in children vaccinated with certain types of live vaccines, and is now Used only abroad. feces. This harmless virus can be transmitted among unvaccinated children, and while doing so, it can mutate into a more dangerous version of the virus and cause illness.{46

Last month, the United States discovered its first unvaccinated paralytic polio case in a New York suburb for the first time in a decade. UKHSA said the case was genetically linked to the virus seen in London.

The UK is also monitoring polio to see if the virus is spreading further. to other sites outside of London. Even though infection rates are below optimal levels to prevent spread, the risk to the wider population is assessed as low because most people are vaccinated.

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