Virus that can cause paralysis found in sewage

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned that the strain

poliovirus, which can sometimes cause paralysis, was found in the sewers of London. It can spread among people who are in contact with each other, in the northern and eastern areas of the city.

UKHSA launched an investigation to understand the scopespread of the virus and note any suspected cases. In general, poliovirus poses an "extremely low" risk to the general public, but can spread in areas where there are many people who are not vaccinated against polio, the agency said.

“In rare cases, this virus can causeparalysis in people who are not vaccinated against polio. It is important to contact your doctor to catch up," Dr Vanessa Saliba, UKHSA consultant epidemiologist, said in a statement.

The World Health Organization announcedPolio free UK in 2003. In general, according to the UKHSA, the risk of polio transmission in the country is low due to high vaccination rates. In recent years, however, vaccination rates among children have declined across the country, especially in parts of London. The health agency is therefore urging residents to check vaccination status.

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