LONDON: For the first time in decades, polio, a fatal disease that used to paralyse tens of thousands of children each year, is spreading in London, New York, and Jerusalem, prompting catch-up vaccination campaigns.
Polio frightened parents all across the world in the early 20th century.Although it can rarely cause symptoms like fever and vomiting, it usually affects children under the age of five and is frequently asymptomatic.
Irreversible paralysis is caused by one infection in every 200, and up to 10% of those people pass away.Polio has no known cure, but it is entirely preventable thanks to a vaccine created in the 1950s. The disease’s wild form has all but vanished worldwide.
The two remaining endemic nations are Afghanistan and Pakistan. The highly contagious disease is carried mostly through contact with faeces.