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Researchers detect polio virus in London sewage | Health

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

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UK health officials said on Friday that samples from London sewers had detected the virus that causes polio. The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) said the virus possibly originated through someone who was vaccinated abroad with a viral immunizer for the disease.

“Most of the UK population is protected by having received the vaccine in childhood, but in some communities with low vaccination coverage, people may be at risk,” said Vanessa Saliba, UKHSA consultant epidemiologist.

The agency reports that the risk of spread of the disease is low, but warns parents of children to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease, which was common in the UK in the 1950s, but after years of studies was eradicated in 2003.

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