The first polio case has been detected in New York since 2013. Almost after a decade, a case of Polio is founded in New York. This is the first case of the virus since 2013.
According to the state and county health departments, this is the first case since 2013 and is founded by a resident of Rockland County.
As per the AP reports the patient was not contagious but he has developed paralysis. It is confirmed by the CDC that the patient had previously received an oral polio vaccine.
But in the U.S. oral Vaccines for polio are no longer administered since 2000 from that time only Inactivated Vaccines are the only polio vaccines authorized in the U.S.
It is considered that the patient got the vaccine from another country where oral polio vaccines are still given.
The New York health departments and the CDC advised the unvaccinated people to receive the polio vaccine to stay prevented from the polio virus.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said we need New Yorkers to protect themselves against completely preventable viruses like polio.
The Polio vaccine was first introduced in 1955. According to the World Health Organization, only 175 cases were reported worldwide in 2019.
Polio is a highly infectious virus that can cause debilitating damage to the spine and muscles and is typically spread orally, through fecal matter or saliva.