Polio Re-Surfaces: Recent Outbreaks

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The first case of wild polio infection in Africa since 2016 has emerged in Malawi.
Malawi detects polio, first wild case in Africa in over 5 years

Malawi’s health authorities have declared a polio outbreak after a case was detected in a young child in the capital Lilongwe, the first case of wild poliovirus in Africa in more than five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

The WHO said in a statement that laboratory analysis showed the strain detected in Malawi was linked to one that has been circulating in Pakistan, where it is still endemic.

“As an imported case from Pakistan, this detection does not affect the African region’s wild poliovirus-free certification status,” the WHO said.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said the case in the southern African country was in a three-year-old girl who experienced the onset of paralysis in November last year.

Sequencing of the virus conducted in February by South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it as type 1 wild poliovirus (WPV1). ...

“Detection of WPV1 outside the world’s two remaining endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is a serious concern and underscores the importance of prioritizing polio immunization activities,” the Global Polio Eradication Initiative said.

The WHO said the African continent could launch a rapid response because of a high level of polio surveillance.

“The last case of wild poliovirus in Africa was identified in northern Nigeria in 2016 and globally there were only five cases in 2021. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/18/africa/malawi-wild-polio-outbreak-intl/index.html
 

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Europe has been certified polio free, but someone from the country of Tajikistan has started a polio outbreak in Ukraine.

The war has caused the worst unsanitary condition favorable to unchecked polio spreading through the country.
 

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Europe has been certified polio free, but someone from the country of Tajikistan has started a polio outbreak in Ukraine.

The war has caused the worst unsanitary condition favorable to unchecked polio spreading through the country.
!!! How do you find this stuff?!? Excellent. Thank you.
 

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Well EA,

I don’t look for stuff, but news seems to show up on search sites like Google all the time.
 

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Europe has been certified polio free, but someone from the country of Tajikistan has started a polio outbreak in Ukraine.
The war has caused the worst unsanitary condition favorable to unchecked polio spreading through the country.

For more on this story see this March 2022 TIME article:

Polio Makes a Comeback in Ukraine as War Halts Vaccination Campaign
https://time.com/6155963/polio-ukraine-war/
 

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The UK Health Agency has declared a “ high incident “ as levels of polio virus type 2 has been found in the Beckton Sewage Planet East London.

Not since 2003 has this happened in London.

I assume most people in the UK have been vaccinated against polio ?
 

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The UK Health Agency has declared a “ high incident “ as levels of polio virus type 2 has been found in the Beckton Sewage Planet East London.

Not since 2003 has this happened in London.

I assume most people in the UK have been vaccinated against polio ?

It's derived from a live polio vaccine injected into an individual abroad:

"The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said that a polio virus had been detected in sewage from North and East London in February.

The virus was originally shed from an individual who was vaccinated with a live virus abroad, but has since mutated into a type more like wild polio, which, on rare occasions, can infect the spinal cord and base of the brain, causing paralysis and breathing problems.

So far, there have been no reported cases of polio..."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...l-incident-declared-uk-disease-spreads-first/

The issue is that there is a low uptake of polio vaccination in London, probably because of its high immigrant numbers:

“Most of the UK population will be protected from vaccination in childhood, but in some communities with low vaccine coverage, individuals may remain at risk.”

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From what I read there are 3 types of Polio, and type 2 seems to be the “ rascal “ that is likely to appear.

Childhood vaccinations supposedly gives lifetime immunity unless one has an immune problem.
 

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Beware of the fake news regarding Polio.

Claims are spreading online about what the detection of the polio virus in London sewage means.

UK health officials believe the polio they found in sewage samples may have been brought to the UK by someone who was vaccinated abroad with a live form of the virus..


But misleading posts, shared on Twitter and on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, are suggesting that vaccines in general can cause disease outbreaks.

Many of these come from people who have been campaigning against Covid vaccines.
Here's what we do know.

Can vaccines "shed" and infect people?​

There are different types of polio vaccine which are safe and highly effective at protecting people against polio.

The one currently given in the UK uses an inactivated or dead virus, meaning it cannot infect anyone or spread.

But some countries, which still have polio, give people live oral polio vaccines (which the UK used in the past) because they are particularly useful in dealing with current outbreaks. They contain a safe, weakened version of the polio virus. That does mean small traces of live virus can be shed from the gut of the person who has been vaccinated. In rare cases, that can be passed on to others - although it shouldn't make them ill, particularly if they have already been vaccinated themselves, according to Prof Beate Kampmann, an immunologist and vaccine expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

It's estimated that 6.5 million children would have been paralysed by wild poliovirus in the last decade without the oral vaccine.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-61915794
 

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Most people I know who are against the Covid vaccine are pro vaccine for everything else.

As usual, the BBC and the MSM are creating the narrative they want people to have.
 
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