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PremierLeague-News.Com - As the first polio concern in decades hits the UK, here are the early symptoms of the potentially lethal disease
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The first outbreak of polio in decades in the UK has occurred in London. It has been reported between closely linked individuals and extended family. A 'national incident' was declared by the UK Health Security Agency after samples collected during a routine inspection from the Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in London found traces of the polio virus, reports the Mirror. They were discovered between February and May and have continued to evolve, now being classified as ‘vaccine-derived’ poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2). The threat of transmission throughout the community is now being analysed. Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that can spread from person to person and cause paralysis. Read more:North East hospital boss named as the 6th most influential person in UK health But what are the early warning signs of the disease? Here we are the key symptoms of polio in children and adults to look out for, according to the NHS. A high temperature Extreme tiredness (fatigue) Headaches Being sick (vomiting) A stiff neck Muscle pain One early polio symptom is a headache (Image: PA) How polio is spread The recent outbreak in London is said to be caused by a person returning to the UK after having the oral polio vaccine. It remains unclear how much the virus has spread, however, it may be confined to a single household or an extended family. Polio is spread when the stool (poo) of an infected person comes into contact with the mouth of another person, either through contaminated water or through food. Another way of spreading polio is through oral-to-oral transmission by an infected person’s saliva. Read More Related Articles Former Northumberland council leader warns Max Caller report was 'tip of the iceberg' Read More Related Articles Harvester to do away with its 'iconic' self-service salad bar, say reports Polio vaccine The potentially deadly disease can be prevented with a vaccine. “Investigation (is) underway to protect public, who are urged to ensure polio vaccines are up to date, especially parents of young children who may have missed an immunisation opportunity,” says the UK Health Security Agency. “Vaccine-derived poliovirus has the potential to spread, particularly in communities where vaccine uptake is lower,” said Dr Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at the UKHSA. She added: “On rare occasions it can cause paralysis in people who are not fully vaccinated, so if you or your child are not up to date with your polio vaccinations it’s important you contact your GP to catch up, or if unsure check your red book.
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.” Parents of children who are not up to date with their polio vaccine course are urged to make an appointment with their GP as soon as possible. The UKHSA added that the risk to the wider population is low.
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H ow to check you've had your polio vaccine This Morning's Dr Ellie assured parents that if your child has had the full UK schedule of vaccines, they will be immune from polio. "If you are checking your polio vaccinations or your child's they are rarely called 'polio'," she tweeted. "They will be labelled: DTaP/IPV or dTaP/IPV or 6 in 1 or 5 in 1 Teenage boosters are known as Td/IPV or 3 in 1 If they've had full UK schedule, they are immune." H ow to reduce your risk of polio Practise safe hand hygiene and food and water precautions during travel to reduce your risk of exposure to the polio virus, advise the experts. As the virus spreads through unsafe food and water, practising good hygiene including washing your foods is vital. Children in the UK normally receive polio vaccinations as part of the UK vaccination schedule. For adults and children from 10 years of age, who have not received polio vaccinations in the past, a three-dose course of vaccinations can be provided. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Polio can be prevented with vaccine. Read Next Six food and drink treats that will make your hayfever worse as UK sees high pollen levels List of UK areas with new suspected monkeypox cases - including one in South Tyneside Gateshead woman's epic Great North Swim effort inspired by a shock sight problem and lifelong friendship with Jo Milne The 5 GPs' practices in the North East with 'requires improvement' ratings from the CQC North East A&E attendance up 10,000 on a year ago - with huge strain on NHS and national fears about ambulance handovers
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