The polio virus was found in sewage in New York City, according to health officials.
The results from the wastewater treatment plant indicate that the virus is spreading in the city, according to health authorities.
A case of polio caused by an American-born, wild poliovirus hadn’t been reported since 1979.
On Friday, the New York City Health Department announced that polio virus had been found in the city’s sewage system.
Health officials have speculated that the virus is spreading throughout the city, based on the findings from the wastewater.
The possibility of paralysis and death from polio is also mentioned in the statement. The New York City Health Department has strongly recommended that all city residents who have not yet received a flu shot do so immediately.
With polio circulating in our communities, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC Health Commissioner, said in a statement, “There is simply nothing more essential than vaccinating our children to protect them from this virus.” If you are an unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated adult, he urged you to get the vaccine now.
It is imperative that we all take action in response to the resurgence of polio because the disease is completely avoidable.
The findings are significant because they follow the discovery of the first case of polio in the United States since 2013 in a nearby New York county with high rates of vaccine refusal.
Officials in New York speculated that “hundredss” of people in two counties bordering New York City were infected with polio.
London has also seen a limited spread of the virus, according to recent reports from health officials. Since 2003, the United Kingdom has not had a case of polio.
One in every 200 people who contract the polio virus, which has been eradicated in the United States since 1979, will develop permanent paralysis.
As a result of widespread immunization, polio, once one of the deadliest childhood diseases, was finally eradicated in the United States in 1979.
Since 1979, the United States has seen no cases of polio caused by wild poliovirus, but the virus has been brought into the country by travelers.
Typically, a four-dose polio vaccine is given to children, and this provides immunity for a period of time that is both indeterminate and lengthy. The federal government mandates that all immigrants receive vaccinations against a variety of potentially fatal diseases, and many states have their own vaccination policies for schoolchildren.
The feces of an infected person can contaminate food or water, which then spreads the disease.
One in four people infected with polio will develop flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, and nausea, but the majority will show no outward signs of illness.
While polio can cause mild to moderate symptoms in most people, a small percentage of those infected will experience more severe symptoms. One in 200 people infected with the virus will develop paralysis, according to the CDC.
Even if a child seems to have recovered from polio, they still have a risk of experiencing muscle weakness, pain, or paralysis later in life.
Although polio cannot be cured, it can be prevented through vaccination. The efforts to eradicate diseases like COVID-19 and measles have been slowed by the rise of the anti-vaccine movement in the United States over the past decade.
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