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Polio: The virus was detected in sewage samples in London

Polio: The virus was detected in sewage samples in London

  • Jim Reid and Philip Roxby
  • Health Reporters

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Children in the UK are regularly vaccinated against polio, but its use in London is less than usual.

British health officials have confirmed that a dangerous number of samples taken from sewage in London have been found to cause the polio virus.

Polio was common in the UK in the 1950s but was eradicated in 2003.

The virus may have been brought to London by someone who was recently vaccinated with a live version of the virus abroad, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

The agency says the risk is low, but parents need to make sure their children are fully vaccinated against the disease.