We have had 2 1/2 years of Covid19. Recently there were cases of a more contagious form of AIDS and Ebola, followed by new child form of Hepatitis (now pinned to covid19), followed by SADS (Sudden Adult Death syndrome), then Monkeypox (MPX), then Tuberculosis appears in Europe and now we have Polio rearing its head in the UK.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has now reported repeated detection of the Polio virus in the sewerage in London North and East.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a person’s spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body).
The case fatality ratio for paralytic polio is generally 2% to 5% among children and up to 15% to 30% among adolescents and adults. It increases up to 75% with bulbar involvement. Bulbar weakness (or bulbar palsy) refers to bilateral impairment of function of the lower cranial nerves IX, X, XI and XII, which occurs due to lower motor neuron lesion either at nuclear or fascicular level in the medulla or from bilateral lesions of the lower cranial nerves outside the brain-stem.
If you survive you could also get post-polio syndrome. Post-polio syndrome is a complex of neuromuscular symptoms that occurs in 25–40% of people who survive paralytic polio. It typically occurs 15 years or more after the acute illness.