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Health chiefs declare a “national incident” as mutated Polio virus is spreading in the UK

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Polio is spreading in the UK, first detected in February 2022 the UK Health Security Agency report that it has continued to mutate since then and recently officials have found vaccine-derived versions of the virus in parts of the London sewer.

Britain was declared polio-free in 2003 and the last reported case was in 1984, although imported cases have arisen since that date. This news comes as London fights an outbreak of Monkeypox (another rare viral disease) being transmitted within specific communities.

Polio spreads through coughs, sneezes or contact with objects contaminated with faeces, children are most at risk. The virus can cause permanent paralysis in approximately 1 in 100 cases and therefore parents are being advised to check their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Health officials maintain that the risk to the public is very low and urgent investigations are underway to trace anyone infected with the virus. There is no upper age limit for the Polio vaccine, so anyone who is not fully covered is being urged to speak to their GP.

Routine vaccinations and school immunisations were partly disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also caused vaccine hesitancy due to the spread of misinformation.

Vaccines when used for routine clinics or school immunisation programs must be stored and transported securely in line with Public Health England guidelines and this requires a specialist vaccine bag.

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