Polio London: traces of the virus discovered in the waters of the British capital which had disappeared from Europe for 40 years
As if the Covid and the monkeypoxtoday it turns out that the poliomyelitis she returned to Europe after almost 40 years of inaction. The virus was discovered in London in wastewater collected from London Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in the North and East of the British capital. To sound the alarm is the Uk Heath Security Agency (Ukhsa). England had considered itself a “polio free” country since 2003 and the last case of the disease in the UK dates back to 1984.
“It is normal for one to 3 ‘vaccine-like’ polioviruses to be detected in UK wastewater samples every year – explains Ukhsa – These ‘cases’ are however linked to people vaccinated abroad with the oral vaccine (Opv)traces of which then end up in the faeces in the sewers. “” The virus has continued to evolve and is now classified as a type 2 poliovirus (Vdpv2) derived from a vaccine which on rare occasions can cause serious illness, such as paralysis, in people who are not fully vaccinated “, the agency reassures which, however, underlines that” the investigations aim to establish whether there is a transmission in the community “.
Polio London, what’s the risk? “Extremely low in vaccinated people”
The return of polio in Europe, given the already difficult health situation, is scary but Vanessa SalibaUkhsa epidemiologist, reassures: “Vaccine-derived poliovirus is rare and the risk for people in general is extremely low” but in England in “some communities with low vaccination coverage some people may be at risk”.
Polio London, Burioni: “If you are not vaccinated, take action immediately”
“In London there is the polio virus again, which has not been seen for 40 years. – says the well-known virologist in a tweet. Roberto Burioni – If you have had the bad idea not to vaccinate your children against polio, or you are not vaccinated, do so immediately. Let me explain: man is the only natural host of the polio virus, so if there is the virus in the London sewers it means that in London there are people who have polio at the moment “.
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