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A mutated virus, anti-vaxxers and a vulnerable population: how polio returned to the US

This June, a young man from Rockland county, New York went to the emergency room. He’d been feverish for five days and was suffering from a stiff neck, pain in his back and abdomen, and constipation. Even more concerning, for two days his legs had been abnormally weak. Doctors suspected the man had acute flaccid …

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The polio virus is resurfacing in rich economies, exposing gaps in immunization

The polio virus is resurfacing in rich economies, exposing gaps in immunization

Public health authorities in rich economies are scrambling to prevent the return of polio, after the virus has resurfaced in several countries where it had been wiped out. New York City health officials said Friday they detected polio in samples taken from the sewer system. Last month, a man in suburban New York was diagnosed …

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Covid 19: If we’ve all been jabbed why are we still being poleaxed by the virus

Elderly patients have been brushing off Covid-19 in recent weeks but younger fit and healthy people are being struck down with the 'worse flu ever'

It began with a headache and sore throat one morning at the end of June. Then came a heavy chest that made breathing a struggle, while the headache became so bad that 66-year-old Mio Blagojevic describes it as ‘like having an out-of-body experience’. The property developer from Hertfordshire adds: ‘I’d never felt so ill. It was …

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All London children aged one to nine to be offered a dose of polio vaccine after more virus found in sewers

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All children aged one to nine in London will be offered a dose of the polio vaccine after more of the virus was found in the city’s sewers. Vaccine-derived poliovirus has been detected in sewage from Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. The virus has also been found in lower concentrations …

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The newly identified Langya virus was tracked after China reported dozens of cases

Researchers have begun tracking a newly identified virus in China, with dozens of cases reported so far. The novel Langya henipavirus (LayV) was the first detected in the northeastern provinces of Shandong and Henan in late 2018, but was only formally identified by scientists last week. The virus was likely transmitted from animals to humans, …

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Children under 10 to receive polio boosters as virus returns to UK for first time in 40 years

Children aged one to nine in Greater London to be offered polio boosters as the virus spreads (file image)

Children under 10 to receive polio boosters as virus returns to UK for first time in 40 years Children under 10 to receive polio booster shots after it was declared a national incident in June Polio can paralyze or even kill and experts suggest it is spreading because of sewage samples By the age of …

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