News that US doctors are warning of an emerging ‘Polio-like’ disease in California is deeply worrying and a reminder there is still a long way to go before we beat Polio itself.
The US is ‘Polio Free’, but like the UK, have people who suffer late effects Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and now the threat of a Polio-like virus. The virus is targeting children and of 20 cases reported, all had been vaccinated against Polio. Doctors do not believe we face an epidemic; but many could be infected without displaying symptoms (as is the case with Polio) so we must remain on the alert.
The British Polio Fellowship has been supporting people since 1939 and Polio is not defeated yet. This new virus reminds us how vulnerable we could be and why, 75 years on, our mission remains vital. People in the UK living with Polio and PPS know only too well what this terrible disease can do and like us, will be monitoring the situation in the US closely.
For Polio survivors facing PPS, to those in the Asian/African community living with Polio, or medical professionals seeking information on Polio and related viruses, The British Polio Fellowship is a call or a click away. Visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call us on 0800 043 1935.