Polio Warning Continues in America – RT World News

The New York State Health Department is treating one case as the “tip of the iceberg” after finding the virus in two counties.

New York state health officials said Friday that hundreds of Americans may be infected with the polio virus after the virus was identified in wastewater samples from two different counties.

According to state health commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, as demonstrated by earlier polio outbreaks, “New Yorkers should know that for every case of paralytic polio, hundreds of others can be infected.

Coupled with the latest findings from the contaminated water, the department sees the single case of polio as the tip of the iceberg of a much larger potential spread. As we learn more, what we do know is clear: polio exists in New York today.Bassett added.

According to the New York State Department of Health, polio samples were collected from two different locations in Orange County in June and July, as well as one location in Rockland County in July.

In late July, New York health officials identified the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The victim was an unidentified 20-year-old man from Rockland County who apparently contracted a vaccine-derived strain of the virus and began experiencing weakness and paralysis.


The First Case Of Polio In Nearly A Decade Has Been Reported In The United States.

The authorities noted that the available evidence does not indicate that this person was the source of transmission, adding that “Investigations into the origin of the virus are ongoing.He also said that they are working to advance prevention measures, especially in vaccination clinics, adding that “The best way to keep New York polio-free is to maintain immunity throughout the population through vaccination.

Faced with another potential crisis that could follow in the footsteps of the CoVID-19 pandemic and monkeypox outbreaks, the health department encouraged those who have not done so to get vaccinated immediately. It also said people who live, work, go to school, or commute to Rockland County, Orange County, and the greater New York metropolitan area are most at risk of contracting the virus. are

America eradicated polio in 1979 and no new cases have been reported in the country since then. Over the past four decades, new infections have only been reported in people who brought the virus from abroad.

Although polio is incurable, it can be prevented through vaccination, health officials said. The vaccine is 99% effective in children who receive all required doses, while about 93% of Americans receive at least three doses by the time they are young.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a deadly and highly contagious disease that can be transmitted by people with no symptoms. In the worst cases, it can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing meningitis or paralysis.

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