New York has seen a case of polio, which is the first known instance of the virus since almost ten years.
According to county and state health departments, this was the first confirmed case since 2013.
Polio Case in New York
According to the AP, the patient is not considered contagious anymore. However, paralysis has been developed. The CDC confirmed that the patient had received an oral polio vaccine.
Since 2000, the United States has only approved inactivated vaccines. These vaccines use dead germs to prevent polio. This could indicate that the patient contracted the disease in a country that still offers oral polio vaccines. Since 1979, there have been no cases of polio in the United States.
According to the CDC and New York’s health departments, polio vaccines should be given to all who are not vaccinated.
Dr. Ashwin Vasan, New York City’s Health Commissioner stated
Dr. Ashwin Vasan, New York City’s Health Commissioner, stated that vaccines have been protecting our health for decades against new and old viruses. “The truth is that vaccines have always been safe and effective. We need New Yorkers who can protect themselves from completely preventable diseases like polio.
In 1955, the polio vaccine became available. Due to a high rate of inoculation, cases declined significantly in the 1950s and 1960s. According to the World Health Organization, only 175 cases were reported in 2019 worldwide.
This highly infectious virus can cause severe damage to the spine, muscles, and other organs. It is usually spread by mouth, saliva, fecal matter, or oral transmission. According to the CDC, 72% of people will not experience visible symptoms and 25% will experience flu-like symptoms like nausea, fever, and tiredness.
According to the CDC, in rare cases, the infection can cause severe and potentially life-threatening symptoms such as paralysis (0.5%), meningitis (4%) or a spinal infection (4%).
The New York State Health Department stated that symptoms can take up to 30 business days to manifest in infected people.