August, 18

US Reports First Polio Case In Almost A Decade

According to state health officials, a young adult in New York has contracted polio for the first time in almost ten years.

Although the unidentified patient in Rockland County is reportedly no longer contagious, the infection has caused paralysis.

According to authorities, the unvaccinated person was likely exposed to someone who had gotten a vaccination that contained a live virus that has been weakened.

The extremely contagious virus’s final known case in the US was reported in 2013.

A nationwide immunization campaign that started in 1955 helped to largely eradicate the disease, which was formerly feared across the country.

Annual cases rapidly decreased from more than 100 in the 1960s to less than 10 in the 1970s; by 1979, the US had been pronounced polio-free.

Since then, sporadic instances of polio have been imported into the nation by international visitors.

The virus, which primarily affects children, can result in permanent impairment and death as well as muscle weakness and paralysis.

In America, vaccinations are commonly administered in a three- or four-dose course beginning at two months of age. According to immunization data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least three doses of the polio vaccine have been administered to about 93 percent of toddlers.

However, some nations deliver a vaccination using the virus in a weakened live form orally, whereas the US and other nations administer shots prepared with an inactivated version of the virus.

There is a small chance that the weaker virus will evolve and cause another outbreak.

The last known case of polio in the US, a seven-month-old kid who traveled from India to the state of Texas in 2013, was a vaccine-derived strain, just like the patient in Rockland County.

Local officials in New York State have scheduled vaccination clinics for Friday and Monday in response to the news.

Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the health commissioner for Rockland County, stated during a news conference on Thursday, “We want shots in the arms of people who need it.”

Although polio is widespread in Afghanistan and Pakistan, current reports indicate that it has spread to other regions of the globe.

Last month, health officials in the UK issued a warning to parents urging them to vaccinate their children after discovering the virus in samples of London sewage.

Uchara Faith
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