Traces of polio virus found in London sewage as health officials declare national incident.. more: Officials believe there has been some spread between closely linked individuals in northeast London – probably extended family members.
SKY NEWS REPORTING: Traces of the polio virus have been found during a routine sewage inspection in London, leading the UK Health Security Agency to declare a national incident.Health officials are now concerned about the community spread of the virus after samples were collected from the Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in London, but have stressed the risk to the public is extremely low.
Experts have detected the same bug in London sewage samples since April – a clear signal of a community outbreak.
No cases have yet been confirmed in the UK and the UKHSA said samples were found in East and North London.
This, chiefs say ‘suggests it is likely there has been some spread between closely-linked individuals’.
Because of this, they said these cases could be shedding the virus strain in their feces.