Polio in Ireland

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an acute illness brought on when one of three types of polio virus (types 1, 2, or 3) invades the gastro-intestinal tract. It is highly infectious viral disease. The virus has an affinity for nervous tissue, and can cause paralysis if it reaches the central nervous system. Polio is a vaccine preventable disease.

The polio vaccine was introduced in Ireland in 1957 and the last recorded case was in 1984.

Polio is a notifiable disease and suspect cases of polio (Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) cases in children < 15 years of age are notified and investigated to out rule polio.

Polio graph 2018

Polio in Ireland, 2019

0 The number of polio notifications in 2019
0.0 The national notification rate per 100,000 population in 2019

Last updated: 03 November 2020