Polio detected in New York City — Analysis
After finding viruses in the sewage systems of major US cities, authorities in this city are urging vaccination
New York City and state health officials on Friday urged residents who haven’t been vaccinated against polio to do so, after the virus that causes the paralytic disease was detected in the largest US city’s sewage samples. It comes only weeks after an confirmed case was reported in a neighboring county.
According to the findings “likely local circulation of the virus.”Last month’s discovery of the first domestic US Polio infected person since 1979 was followed by sewage samples from Rockland, Orange and Rockland counties.
Mary Bassett (state health commissioner) called the detection “alarming, but not surprising,”Added that the state department for health is “responding urgently, continuing case investigation and aggressively assessing spread,”Collaboration with federal, state and local partners
NYC’s health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, urged residents to vaccinate. New York’s vaccination rate is estimated at 79% among children aged under 2 years.
“Polio is entirely preventable and its reappearance should be a call to action for all of us,”Vasan stated. Vasan stated that there will soon be a number of vaccine clinics offering the IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) to local residents.
Samples of sewage from Orange and Rockland have been “genetically linked” to the confirmed Rockland polio case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said after running a sequencing analysis. He developed weakness and paralysis of the muscles.
The IPV first became available in 1955. In 1979, the US declared that the disease was eradicated. All subsequent cases were from people who brought in the virus from abroad.
Although the patient, aged 20, was not currently vaccinated for poliomyelitis, it was determined that the virus strain had been obtained from live vaccines. The man may have been exposed to live vaccine-eligible persons in a foreign country. “shedding”This is the result of a weaker virus. British authorities blamed the phenomenon for discovering polio in London’s sewage samples in June.
There are two out of three varieties of “wild”A large part of the global polio epidemic has been eradicated by an aggressive vaccine campaign. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last places where polio is still endemic.
Poliomyelitis can be life-threatening. It can cause paralysis, meningitis and even death in the most severe cases.
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