New York state health officials have found signs of an outbreak of Polio Virus in wastewater samples from two different counties. They warned that the virus could infect hundreds of people with a serious virus.
The nation’s first case of Polio in nearly a decade reported two weeks ago by the New York Department of Health in Rockland County, north of New York City.
Officials said it occurred in a previously healthy young man who had not vaccinated and had paralysis in his legs. Since then, three positive wastewater samples have found in Rockland County and four in neighboring Orange County.
The first case genetically linked, the health department said in a statement on Thursday. The polio virus reported to be spreading among the local population.
The final samples take from two locations in Orange County in June and July and one in Rockland County in July.
Based on early polio cases, each case of paralytic polio can infect hundreds of other people. New Yorkers should know about it,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.
“With the rearmost wastewater findings, the Department is treating polio as the tip of the icicle with a lesser eventuality for polio transmission. The danger of polio is in New York today.” Obviously, we know that.
The health department reiterated that it’s still probing the origin of the contagion. If the infected person in Rockland County has linked to other diseases. “We are not clear about this,” he said.
Polio Virus is a “severe and life-threatening disease,”
Polio is a “ severe and life- hanging complaint, ” the state health department said. It is highly contagious and can transmit to people who are asymptomatic.
Symptoms generally appear within 30 days of infection and may be mild or flu- suchlike. Some infected people may come paralyzed or die.
Before the introduction of the polio vaccine in the 1950s, thousands of Americans died from polio outbreaks.
Tens of thousands of children, mostly paralyzed, left behind. After successful vaccination, In 1979, the United States officially declared polio-free.
New Yorkers who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated immediately, the health department said.
Rockland County, Live in Orange County and the greater New York metropolitan area; Unvaccinated people who work or spend time are at greatest risk.
Most school-aged children start receiving the four-dose course of polio vaccine between 6 weeks and 2 months of age. After that, they get one shot at 4 months and another shot at 6 to 12 months. The last dose it given between the ages of “4 and 6 years”.
According to the Department of Health, about 60% of children in Rockland County receive three polio shots before their second birthday. Orange County has about 59%, both below the statewide figure of 79%.
According to the CDC’s most recent childhood immunization data, about 93% of 2-year-old children in the US have received at least three doses of the polio vaccine.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated adults must receive a three-dose vaccination. Those at high risk who have vaccinated. But are at high risk can get a lifetime boost shot, according to the health department.
Health officials say the vaccine is 99 percent effective in children who receive four full doses.
“Polio can largely eradicate with vaccination. In some areas of our county, the disease is now prevalent in our communities because of low vaccination rates,” said Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman.
We encourage all unvaccinated Orange County residents to get vaccinated as soon as medically possible.”
Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert issued a similar statement. He also called for those who have not yet vaccinated to “vaccinate immediately”.
Efforts to eradicate polio have rarely appeared in the United States for more than 40 years. The last reported case brought by a tourist in 2013, according to the Associated Press.