It is a very contagious viral disease that can affect the nervous system, cause muscle weakness and, in some rare cases, even cause paralysis or death.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in English) and the Rockland County Health Department have recorded the first natural case of polio in the US since 1979, according to a statement posted Thursday on the NYSDOH website.
The text indicates that Laboratory sequencing showed that it is Sabin type 2 reverse poliomyelitis, which means that it is a chain of transmission from an individual who received an oral vaccine against that infectious disease that is no longer authorized in the United States. ., suggesting that the virus may have originated somewhere outside the United States.
“According to what we know about this case, and polio in general, the Department of Health strongly recommends that people get vaccinated or be r boost with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved IPV polio vaccine as soon as possible,” said state health commissioner Mary Bassett. Furthermore, he affirmed that the polio vaccine is safe, effective and protects against this potentially debilitating condition, detailing that it has been part of the “backbone” of routine childhood vaccinations required by public health agencies throughout the country.
Due to the success of the vaccine, which began to be implemented in 1955, and a national inoculation program, polio cases were significantly reduced between the late 1950s and early 1960s. Thus, the last naturally occurring cases in the US occurred in 1979, although in 2013 there was an imported case.
Therefore, Rockland County will enable a vaccination clinic against that disease, which will be available starting this Friday. They urge anyone who is not vaccinated, including pregnant women, as well as those who are concerned about having been exposed to the virus, to go to that medical center in order to be inoculated.
Poliomyelitis, whose initial symptoms are similar to the flu, is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect the nervous system, cause muscle weakness and, in some rare cases, even lead to paralysis or death. It is usually transmitted through the mouth, although it can also occur through the respiratory route.