Polio back in Britain for first time in 40 years | News

Polio is spreading in Britain for the first time since 1984, health officials said yesterday.

Experts identified a small outbreak in London by analyzing sewage. The NHS will begin a campaign to ensure children are vaccinated, after uptake of routine childhood jabs including polio fell during the coronavirus pandemic.

The polio virus mainly affects children under five and causes paralysis in about one in 200 cases. The disease was largely eradicated after the invention of a vaccine in 1953. Europe was declared free of polio by the WHO in 2002.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found the virus in samples in the Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in east London between February and May. Mutations show that it has evolved in England. Because most infected

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