UK health authorities on high alert after Poliovirus found in London sewage

07:44 PM | 22 Jun, 2022
UK health authorities on high alert after Poliovirus found in London sewage

LONDON – Several samples of poliovirus were found during routine sewage testing in the British capital which can put the country’s polio-free status at risk.

Reports in international media said the samples of the highly contagious disease were found after nearly two decades in the north and east London areas.

The UK Health Security Agency said the virus spread between closely linked individuals and continued to evolve and is now classified as a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2.

Authorities have declared a national incident after routine surveillance and concerned authorities are now analyzing samples of sewage from local areas that feed into the plant to narrow down where the virus is spreading.

No cases of the crippling disease were reported, and the risk to the general public is considered low, health officials said, urging masses to remain immunized with polio vaccinations.

The recent outbreak is believed to have been carried out by a person returning to the Kingdom after having the oral polio vaccine and spreading it locally, per reports.

British residents are protected from polio in childhood, but in some communities with low vaccine coverage, individuals may remain at risk.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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