The infected person has not been vaccinated against the disease. This vaccine is mandatory in the United States so that children can go to school
US health officials have recorded the first case of polio in nearly a decade in the United States. This is someone from Rockland County, New York, who, according to health rep Patricia Schnabel Robert, In a statement to CNNHe was not vaccinated against the disease and started showing symptoms such as weakness and paralysis about a month ago.
The specialist said, “This patient has symptoms such as weakness and paralysis. The risk to the community that has not been vaccinated is still being determined. We strongly advise people to get vaccinated.”
The case, the first detected in the United States since 2013, according to the New York Department of Health, comes about a month after the British Health Agency warned that polio virus was detected while monitoring samples. There has been “some prevalence among closely related individuals in north and east London”, although no cases have been identified in these areas.
World Health Organization (WHO) The information was confirmed in a statementBut he said that “it is important to note that the virus was isolated in environmental samples only and no cases associated with paralysis were detected,” noting that “it is important that all countries, especially those that have a large volume of travel and contact with countries and regions affected by polio, strengthening surveillance for the rapid detection of any import of the virus and facilitating a rapid response.”
In 1979, polio was declared eradicated in the United States, which means that there is no longer any spread of the virus in the country. In 2020, according to the World Health Organization, 959 cases of polio were confirmed worldwide.
Polio is an incurable infectious disease that mainly affects children under the age of five, and can cause paralysis, and can only be prevented with a vaccine. Symptoms of polio are similar to those of the flu and include sore throat, fever, fatigue, and nausea. In the United States, the vaccine is mandatory for children to go to school.
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