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New York Confirms Type 2 Polio Patient

July 22, 2022 • 7:20 am CDT
by Gordon Johnson
(Vax Before Travel)

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Rockland County Department of Health issued an alert yesterday confirming a local resident is infected with a type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly disease that affects the nervous system. 

More recent polio cases are not wild strains, with the last known case in the USA recorded by U.S. CDC in 2013.

This person is indicative of a transmission chain from an individual who received the oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is no longer authorized or administered in the U.S.

This polio case suggests that the virus may have originated outside of the USA, where OPV is administered, since revertant strains cannot emerge from inactivated vaccines.

Inactivated polio vaccines (IPV) have been offered in the USA since 2000.

Additionally, New York health officials began advising healthcare providers on July 21, 2022, to be watchful for additional polio cases in the Rockland County area.

NYSDOH stated 'individuals who are unvaccinated, those who have not completed their polio vaccine series, or community members who are concerned they might have been exposed to this international traveler, should get vaccinated.'

Furthermore, 'Individuals who are already vaccinated but are at risk of exposure should receive a polio vaccine booster.'

Rockland County confirmed it is hosting free vaccine clinics beginning on July 22, 2022.

New Yorkers can pre-register for an appointment at this weblink or call 845-238-1956 to schedule. Walk-in appointments are also being accepted.

Throughout the USA, local pharmacies offer various polio vaccination services.

Internationally, there are several at-risk countries confirmed by the CDC.

The CDC issued Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, advisories for countries in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on July 6, 2022.

Breaking news regarding these polio outbreaks is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/Polio.

Note: This information was manually curated for international travelers.

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