Polio Concerns emergency

New York declares an emergency to address polio concerns

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency Friday in New York City as the Polio virus continues to spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York’s Department of Health discovered polio in wastewater samples collected from Nassau and Rockland Counties.

New York officials will now have greater resources available to stop the spread of the virus which can lead to permanent paralysis or even death. A wider range of health professionals can now administer the vaccine, including pharmacists and emergency medical technicians.

Mary Bassett, New York Health Commissioner, stated that “on polio, we simply cannot roll a dice.” “I urge New Yorkers that they reject any risk. Polio vaccination is safe, and effective and protects almost everyone against disease if they receive the recommended doses.

Polio was once a frightening illness that claimed more than 35,000 lives each year. After the 1955 introduction of the polio vaccination, the United States saw a dramatic drop in cases. New concerns have emerged about the virus spreading to New York in recent months.

Many New York counties have a lower vaccination rate than the New York Department of Health goal of 90%. Orange County has 58% of its residents vaccinated. Rockland’s vaccination rate is 60%, Sullivan’s 62% and Nassau’s 79%.

New York City was home to the first confirmed case of poliomyelitis in the United States in almost a decade. It was discovered on July 18. Experts believe that the patient was not vaccinated. However, they were exposed to someone who had received the oral vaccine against polio. This can sometimes lead to the transmission of the virus. The United States no longer uses the oral vaccine.

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