Following the discovery of a Polio like disease which is paralysing children across the US, The British Polio Fellowship CEO has written a Letter to Editors about how the outbreak of this mystery virus is a reminder of times gone by. Read it below:
Polio like disease reminds us of times gone by and a PPS legacy
News from the US that 107 children have been left paralysed from what is being described as a Polio like disease is deeply concerning. It offers a stark reminder of times gone by when the world was plunged into a Polio epidemic that killed thousands and left many more with lasting effects of the disease – effects that they may still be feeling now in the form of the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
As CEO of The British Polio Fellowship I will be following the situation in the US closely and hope that those suffering from the mysterious outbreak receive the correct treatment, with health workers doing all they can to contain and understand this virus which affects the victim’s spinal fluid and respiratory system.
Actual Polio has almost been eradicated, with only a handful of countries still facing the disease in an endemic state; however despite this there are 120,000 people in the UK still battling the debilitating symptoms of the late effects of Polio and PPS that develop years after the initial infection. We will continue to raise awareness of this problem that affects a similar number to Parkinson’s disease, but is talked about much less and at the same time offer support and empowerment to those affected by it.
For more information on Polio, the late effects of Polio and PPS visit www.BritishPolio.org.uk
Ted Hill MBE
CEO, The British Polio Fellowship