Poliomyelitis, which mainly affects children under the age of five, is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis within hours.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Its initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, vomiting, stiffness in neck, pain in extremities and headache. (Severe and persistent headache accompanied by a feeling of heaviness):”One in 200 infections cause irreversible paralysis (usually of the legs), and 5% to 10% of these cases die from paralysis of the respiratory muscles.,
This virus was on the verge of ending, It was found in recent months in the wastewater of two of the world’s main metropolitan cities: New York (United States) and London (United Kingdom).
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In the face of widespread alarm, the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) explained that this is not unusual because the virus can be found in the faecal waste of people who have been vaccinated with weakened pathogens—viruses or bacteria. in the laboratory so that it does not cause disease.
polio case in new york
The findings come after the first case of polio in the US in nine years was reported on July 21 of this month. It was an illiterate adult from Rockland County. -20 kilometers north of ‘The Big Apple’-.
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For this reason, the sewage system of areas near New York was analyzed, giving positive results for polio in Orange and Rockland counties.
According to the Spanish newspaper ‘El Pais’, health officials in the area are already running a vaccination campaign for children, as it is estimated that about 14 percent of children under the age of five are not vaccinated.
According to WHO there is no cure for polio, but there is prevention: Vaccine.
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