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    Polio may have been circulating in New York as early as April and the virus has been detected in wastewater samples more than 20 times, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report reveals. The agency released its first investigative report on the potential polio outbreak on Tuesday. The investigation comes as a response to the confirmation of a polio case in a man in his mid-20s in Rockland County, just outside of New York City, in June. Officials fear that there could be hundreds - if not thousands - of undiagnosed cases in the state. While U.S.-borne cases are rare, the infected man had no recent travel outside of the country and had attended a large gathering eight days before the start of his symptoms. It is likely he caught the virus stateside. The man experienced paralysis and was hospitalized. He is now recovering at home.  The CDC reports that the virus has been detected in wastewater sampling in Rockland and nearby Orange County 20 times in samples gathered in May, June and July. A single sample from Orange...
    Delays in getting children vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic and antivaccination sentiment in general may be fueling the most serious threat of polio in the U.S. in years, raising alarms from New York to California. In the last few weeks, health officials in New York identified the first person in nearly a decade in the U.S. to be diagnosed with polio. The person suffered paralysis. Since then, the polio virus has been found in wastewater not only in two counties in the area where the patient lives but also, as of Friday, in New York City. The virus may be rebounding worldwide. The Jerusalem area this year suffered an outbreak, and the virus showed up in London wastewater in June. Now, health experts and officials in California are voicing concern. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said there’s discussion about tracking polio in wastewater, especially in areas with low vaccination rates. This makes sense, experts said, given the high numbers of travelers between Los Angeles and New York and because people can be contagious with polio...
    New York City health officials have detected traces of polio in city wastewater. The New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the finding in a press release, saying the discovery came as part of routine wastewater examination. Polio had previously been discovered in New York's Orange and Rockland counties. Health officials urged residents to get vaccinated in response. “For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett warned in the statement. “The detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples in New York City is alarming, but not surprising. Already, the State Health Department — working with local and federal partners — is responding urgently, continuing case investigation and aggressively assessing spread. The best way to keep adults and children polio-free is through safe and effective immunization — New Yorkers’ greatest protection against the worst outcomes of polio, including permanent paralysis and even death.” NEW YORK HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT FIRST POLIO CASE IN NEARLY A DECADE ...
    New York City officials have detected polio in the city's wastewater, confirming at least one person carried the virus in the city recently. Surveillance for the virus was initiated after a confirmed case was found nearby Rockland County last month. Wastewater surveillance in Orange County - also just outside the city's Bronx borough - also detected at least two polio samples since June. Officials have warned that there could be hundreds - potentially - thousands of undiagnosed cases circulating around the state. Because a majority of cases are either asymptomatic or very mild it is likely that a vast majority are going undetected. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deployed a team to Rockland County earlier this week to investigate the outbreak and help vaccinate the local community. Both Rockland and Orange counties have only vaccinated 60 percent of residents - some of the lowest rates in the state. The Big Apple has a vaccination rate of 86 percent, still far below the threshold of 95 percent considered necessary to avoid a widescale outbreak.  While an...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has deployed a team to investigate a polio case in Rockland County, New York, as local officials fear that there could be thousands of undiagnosed cases in the state. The breadth of the CDC's investigation, how long they will be present or if their findings will ever be made public are not known. Officials present also plan to help distribute shots of the polio vaccine to the Rockland community - which has an extremely low jab rate of only 60 percent. New York state officials announced the detection of the nation's first polio cases in over a decade in Rockland County in July. The infected man experienced paralysis, but is now recovering at home. In the time since, wastewater surveillance has detected the virus in both Rockland and in nearby Orange county.  The detection of at least one symptomatic case likely means there are others elsewhere, though, and that is near-confirmed by the findings in Orange county. Because in many cases the virus is either asymptomatic or so mild a person will...
    Digitally generated image of 3D molecular model of polio virusCalysta Images | Tetra Images | Getty Images Hundreds of other people could have polio after an adult in a suburb of New York City caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state's top health official said this week. New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned that the confirmed polio case in an unvaccinated adult, coupled with the detection of the virus in sewage outside the nation's largest city could, indicate a bigger outbreak is underway. "Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected," Bassett said. "Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the Department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread." Bassett said it is crucial that children are vaccinated by the time they are two months old, and all adults -- including pregnant women -- who have not received their shots should get vaccinated immediately. "As we...
    New York officials are warning that hundreds of Empire state residents may already be infected with the devastating polio virus after it was detected in wastewater of a second county in the state. State surveillance detected presence of the polio virus in at least two different areas of Orange County, New York - around an hours drive from New York City - in June and July. It comes within weeks of officials announcing a confirmed polio case in Rockland County - just northwest of the Big Apple's Bronx borough. The virus was also detected in Rockland wastewater last month. Because polio is asymptomatic in a majority of cases, it is likely that the detection of one symptomatic case means there could be hundreds of others that will never be detected. Finding the virus in wastewater samples in multiple counties confirms fears that the virus has been spreading in the state for sometime before the Rockland case was detected. Officials are urging the population to get vaccinated to prevent a resurgence of the devastating virus. Orange and Rockland are both among...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The polio virus was detected in more wastewater samples north of New York City, this time in a county adjacent to where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease. The polio virus was identified in wastewater collected from June and July in two locations in Orange County, indicating the virus could be circulating in the community. Orange County health officials said Thursday there were no confirmed cases in their suburban and rural county. “It is important to keep in mind that although Polio virus was detected in wastewater, it does not unequivocally mean that there is active disease circulating in the County,” Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman said in a prepared statement. The discoveries were announced the same week health officials said they detected the presence of the virus in wastewater samples from Rockland County, where officials last month announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. Gelman said people who receive a weakened live polio vaccine in another country and come to the United States shortly...
    Health officials in New York are urging residents to get vaccinated against polio if they have not yet done so. In an update Monday, Aug.1 the Department of Health said testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed that the polio virus was detected in wastewater samples in Rockland County in June. Earlier Report: First Polio Case In US In Nearly A Decade Reported In Rockland County “These findings underscore the critical importance of vaccination to protect all New Yorkers and New York children against polio,” the department said in a statement. Monday’s revelation came a little over a week after health officials confirmed that Rockland County had the first confirmed case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The case was genetically linked to ones found in Israel and the UK, but officials warned that that does not mean that the patient in New York traveled to those countries. Polio is a highly contagious, viral disease that can affect the nervous system and cause muscle weakness. It typically enters the body through...
    LOS ANGELES -- It's been nearly a decade since polio was detected in the United States.Now, an unvaccinated young adult from New York recently contracted the potentially debilitating disease.Experts say a newly identified case just outside of the Bronx in New York should serve as a wakeup call."If you are an adult, you know, particularly if you're 30 or 40 and it has been a while since you were immunized, you might be required to get a booster," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Daisy Dodd with Kaiser Permanente Orange County.Polio boosters are routine for those who travel to third world countries, and anyone who's come into contact with the Rockland County resident is encouraged to get vaccinated."We just want people to take the good guidance from the health department as necessary. Most people have nothing to worry about, some should be concerned," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.Polio is a viral disease spread through fecal matter, contaminated food or water.On rare occasions, Dodd said, one can get polio from someone who is shedding the virus after receiving the oral vaccine....
    A polio patient in Upstate New York is likely the first person to catch the disease on American soil in more than 40 years, evidence suggests. The unnamed patient is a 20-year-old Hasidic Jewish man who lives with his parents and wife in Rockland County, a local publication and the Washington Post reports.  He was discharged from hospital earlier this month after seeking care in June, but paralysis from the disease has left him struggling to walk — although he can now stand. The man had not been vaccinated against the disease, with the three-dose course being more than 99 percent effective at preventing infections. There are no effective treatments against polio. Health sources — speaking on condition of anonymity — revealed to the Post Thursday he had traveled to Poland and Hungary earlier this year. But the Rockland Department of Health told DailyMail.com the man had not traveled within the infection window — up to 21 days before symptoms appeared — meaning he likely caught the virus on U.S. soil. The last time the virus spread on U.S. soil was...
    ROCKLAND COUNTY, New York (WABC) -- Rockland County is hosting a polio vaccination clinic Friday, one day after announcing the first documented case in the United States in nearly a decade.The vaccinations will given out at the Pomona Health Complex (Building A) at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona from 10 a.m. to noon.A second clinic at the same location will be held on Monday, July 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.New Yorkers can pre-register for a free appointment at the Rockland County website or call 845-238-1956 to schedule. Walk-ins will also be accepted.Vaccines are also available through local healthcare providers.Anyone who is unvaccinated, has not completed their polio vaccine series, or are concerned they have might have been exposed is urged to get vaccinated at the clinics.Individuals who are already vaccinated but are at risk of exposure should receive a booster, which is also available at the clinics."We want shots in the arms of those who need it," Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said at a Thursday news conference.The New York State and Rockland County departments...
    Polio vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Rockland County after the first US case of the disease in nearly a decade surfaced in the county. To help combat any spread, the Rockland County Health Department will be offering polio vaccinations Friday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pomona Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona, in Building A.  A second clinic will be held at the same location on Monday, July 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. To pre-register for an appointment, visit: HERE Walk-ins are welcome. For help making an appointment, call: 845-238-1956. Earlier Story: First Polio Case In US In Nearly A Decade Reported In Rockland County These clinics are for anyone who is unvaccinated, has not completed the polio vaccination series, or is at high risk for contracting polio even if they have completed the primary series.  Vaccinations are also available through local health care providers. Polio is a viral disease that may affect the neurologic system, causing muscle weakness and, in some cases, resulting in paralysis or death.
    (CNN)A person from Rockland County, New York, has been diagnosed with polio, the first case identified in the United States in nearly a decade.The unvaccinated young adult began experiencing weakness and paralysis about a month ago, county Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said Thursday.The case comes nearly a month after the UK Health Security Agency warned that it had detected poliovirus in its surveillance of London sewage samples, indicating that there had been some spread between closely linked individuals in North and East London, although no cases had been identified there. Poliovirus identified in London sewage, says UK health agencyPolio is an infection caused by the poliovirus. About 1 in 4 infected people have flu-like symptoms including sore throat, fever, tiredness, nausea, headache and stomach pain. As many as 1 in 200 will develop more serious symptoms that include tingling and numbness in the legs, an infection of the brain or spinal cord, and paralysis, according to the US Centers for the Disease control and Prevention. There is no cure for polio. Treatment to address symptoms may include medication...
    "Based on what we know about this case, and polio in general, the Department of Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals get vaccinated or boosted with the FDA-approved IPV polio vaccine as soon as possible," State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement. "The polio vaccine is safe and effective, protecting against this potentially debilitating disease, and it has been part of the backbone of required, routine childhood immunizations recommended by health officials and public health agencies nationwide," she added. Polio is highly contagious and infected persons can spread the virus even if they aren't sick. Symptoms may include fatigue, fever, headache, stiffness, muscle pain, vomiting, and can take up to 30 days to appear. In rare cases, the disease can cause paralysis or death. This case in Rockland County is "indicative of a transmission chain from an individual who received the oral polio vaccine," the state health department said. The oral vaccine is no longer authorized for use in the U.S., where only the inactivated polio vaccine has been used since 2000. This...
    Share this: An unvaccinated young adult from New York recently contracted polio, the first U.S. case in nearly a decade, health officials said Thursday. Officials said the patient, who lives in Rockland County, had developed paralysis. The person developed symptoms a month ago and did not recently travel outside the country, county health officials said. It appears the patient had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, perhaps from someone who got live vaccine — available in other countries, but not the U.S. — and spread it, officials said.
    World Health Organization The first U.S. case of polio in almost a decade was reported in New York on Thursday. According to AP News, an unvaccinated young adult in Rockland County, New York had developed symptoms and paralysis over the last month. Their report also indicated that while the adult did not recently travel outside of the US they may have been exposed to someone who received an oral vaccine for polio, a version of the medication that is currently available in other countries besides the US. AP reports that the patient is no longer contagious but health officials are actively tracing those who may have been exposed to the illness before that time as well as how the patient contracted the virus. Polio, according to the WHO, is one of the most highly infectious viral diseases and typically targets children under the age of 5. It’s transmitted by mouth and it’s incubation period can last anywhere from 7-10 days. While 95% of people infected fail to show symptoms they are still able to spread the virus. Those experiencing symptoms...
    State health officials have confirmed a case of polio in New York, the first time the disease has been seen in the United States in nearly a decade. The case was confirmed in Rockland County, the New York State Department of Health announced Thursday, July 21. State and county health officials said they were advising medical practitioners and healthcare providers to be on the lookout for additional cases. "Based on what we know about this case, and polio in general, the Department of Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals get vaccinated or boosted with the FDA-approved IPV polio vaccine as soon as possible," New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said. "The polio vaccine is safe and effective, protecting against this potentially debilitating disease, and it has been part of the backbone of required, routine childhood immunizations recommended by health officials and public health agencies nationwide." Polio is a highly contagious, viral disease that can affect the nervous system and cause muscle weakness. It typically enters the body through the mouth, usually from hands contaminated with the fecal matter of...
    (CBS New York) — Rockland County announced it has detected a confirmed case of polio, the first case of its kind in the U.S. in nearly 10 years. The case occurred in an unvaccinated adult, according to officials. Polio can affect the neurologic system, potentially resulting in paralysis, or death. Polio is typically transmitted orally. READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Girl Injured After Shooting In Philadelphia's Logan Neighborhood: PoliceRockland County Executive Ed Day is encouraging anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated for polio to do so. Children in the U.S. are routinely vaccinated against polio, and the disease was pretty much wiped out in the U.S. due to that vaccination effort, which began in the 1950s. READ MORE: Sixers Announce Plans To Explore Building New Arena In Center City“Many of you may be too young to remember polio, but when I was growing up, this disease struck fear in families, including my own. The fact that it is still around decades after the vaccine was created shows you just how relentless it is. Do the right thing for your child and the greater...
    By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press NEW YORK — New York health officials on Thursday reported a polio case, the first in the U.S. in nearly a decade. Officials said the Rockland County resident is an unvaccinated adult, but they did not detail the person’s condition. It appears the person had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, perhaps from someone who got live vaccine — available in other countries, but not the U.S. — and spread it, officials said. Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis — many of them in children. Vaccines became available starting in 1955, and a national vaccination campaign cut the annual number of U.S. cases to less than 100 in the 1960s and fewer than 10 in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1979, polio was declared eliminated in the U.S., meaning there was no longer routine spread. Rarely, travelers with polio have brought infections into the U.S., with the last such case in 2013. U.S. children...
    NEW YORK -- New York health officials on Thursday reported a polio case, the first in the U.S. in nearly a decade.Officials said the Rockland County resident is an unvaccinated adult, but they did not detail the person's condition.It appears the person had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, perhaps from someone who got live vaccine -- available in other countries, but not the U.S. -- and spread it, officials said.The video in the media player above was used in a previous report.Polio was once one of the nation's most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis -- many of them in children.Vaccines became available starting in 1955, and a national vaccination campaign cut the annual number of U.S. cases to less than 100 in the 1960s and fewer than 10 in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 1979, polio was declared eliminated in the U.S., meaning there was no longer routine spread. Rarely, travelers with polio have brought infections into the U.S., with the last such case in 2013.U.S. children...
    New York health officials confirmed Thursday the first known case of polio in the United States since 2013. The person is a resident of Rockland County, but there is no further information on the individual's condition or vaccination status, officials reported. HHS CREATES INDEPENDENT DIVISION TO LEAD PANDEMIC RESPONSE "The Department of Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals get vaccinated or boosted with the FDA-approved IPV polio vaccine as soon as possible," said New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett. "The polio vaccine is safe and effective, protecting against this potentially debilitating disease, and it has been part of the backbone of required, routine childhood immunizations recommended by health officials and public health agencies nationwide." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The last reported case of polio in the U.S. was in 2013. News Health Health Care New York
    Polio virus, illustration. Each virus particle is composed of a protein coat around a core containing RNA genetic material. This virus infects children and causes the disease poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis.Roger Harris/science Photo Library | Science Photo Library | Getty Images The New York State Health Department on Thursday confirmed a case of polio and asked health-care providers to look for additional infections. A resident of Rockland County, less than an hour outside New York City, tested positive for polio, according to the state health department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the infection. Health authorities in New York believe the case originated outside the U.S. No cases of polio have originated in the U.S. since 1979, according to the CDC. The polio strain the individual caught, known as revertant Sabin type 2 virus, suggested the chain of infection began with someone who received the oral polio vaccine, according to the state health department. The oral polio vaccine contains a mild virus strain that is still able to replicate, which means people who receive it can spread the...
    A case of polio has been detected in Upstate New York's Rockland County, the first case of the devastating disease in nearly a decade. Empire state officials announced detection of the case on Thursday. They believe the case originated outside of the country. The person was not named, and their age, gender, travel history and vaccination status was not disclosed by New York state officials either. Last month, a Polio case was detected in the UK, putting many of high alert that America's 93 percent vaccination coverage was not high enough to deal with a potential outbreak of the virus. The virus has been nearly eradicated across much of the world after a strong vaccination campaign starting in the 1950s. It remains endemic to Pakistan and Afghanistan, though.
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials report polio case, the first one in U.S. in nearly a decade. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ROCKLAND COUNTY, New York (WABC) -- The New York State and Rockland County departments of health confirmed a case of polio in the county Thursday, prompting officials to advise medical practitioners and healthcare providers to be vigilant for additional cases.As the polio vaccine continues to be included on the CDC's standard child immunization schedule, those already vaccinated are considered to be at lower risk.The polio vaccine is part of the required school immunization schedule for all children, and therefore school-age children are vaccinated before they start school.However, individuals who are unvaccinated, including those who are pregnant, those who have not completed their polio vaccine series previously, or community members who are concerned they have might have been exposed, should get vaccinated by Rockland County.Health officials announced they will be hosting local vaccine clinics or partnering health agencies and providers in the area.Individuals who are already vaccinated but are at risk of exposure should receive a booster."Based on what we know about this case, and polio in general, the Department of Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals get vaccinated or boosted...
    A POLIO outbreak has sparked fears in the US after a case has been recorded in New York State. The virus was detected in a patient in Rockland County, the New York State Department of Health announced on Thursday. 1A patient in New York State has tested positive for PoliCredit: Getty Images - Getty More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani health authorities on Friday confirmed the seventh case of polio so far this year, saying it was registered in the country’s former Taliban stronghold in the northwest, a region bordering Afghanistan. The outbreak, after the first polio case of 2022 was registered in the same region in April, is a blow to the Islamic nation’s efforts to eradicate the disease, which can cause severe paralysis in children. All seven cases have been reported in North Waziristan, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where the government has launched an investigating into the outbreak. Parents in the region often refuse to get their children inoculated. Pakistan’s Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel issued a statement Friday, saying authorities were taking steps to protect the gains made by the government’s polio eradication program in recent years. He urged parents to get their children vaccinated. Pakistan’s anti-polio campaigns are regularly marked by violence. Islamic militants often target polio teams and police assigned to protect them, falsely claiming the vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan launched a new anti-polio drive on Monday, more than a week after officials detected the third case so far this year in the country’s northwestern region bordering Afghanistan. The campaign — the third one this year — is to last for five days, aiming to inoculate 40 million children under the age of 5 across the country. Pakistan has previously carried out two anti-polio campaigns this year, in January and March, after discovering only one case of the disease last year, which raised hopes the country was close to eliminating polio. This year’s first case was registered in April. A statement from Dr. Shahbaz Baig, the spokesperson for the country’s polio program, urged parents to cooperate with polio workers in the door-to-door campaign. Pakistan’s anti-polio campaigns are regularly marked by violence. Islamic militants often target polio teams and police assigned to protect them, falsely claiming the vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize children. During the March campaign, gunmen in northwestern Pakistan shot and killed a female polio worker as...
    Mozambican state health authorities declared a “public health emergency” on Wednesday in an effort to contain a case of wild poliovirus confirmed in a child in the nation’s western Tete province days earlier, the state-run Mozambique News Agency (AIM) reported on Thursday. “Faced with this situation, and as international health regulations recommend, we must declare a public health emergency, and strengthen measures of surveillance, and vaccination against polio,” Mozambique National Director of Public Health Quinhas Fernandes told reporters at a press conference in Maputo, Mozambique’s national capital, on May 18. Mozambican health officials confirmed the case of “wild poliovirus type 1,” the nation’s first such infection since 1992, on May 18 in a child residing in the Changara district of Tete Province, which borders Malawi. The poliovirus strain contracted by the young Mozambican patient is linked to that detected in a young Malawi resident in February, according to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). “The virus was found in a child who began experiencing onset of paralysis in late March. Genomic sequencing analysis indicates that the newly confirmed case is linked to a...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the disease. The case in Mozambique is the second imported case of polio in southern Africa this year, following a case discovered in Malawi in mid-February. It’s the first case of wild polio in Mozambique since 1992, although cases linked to a mutated virus from the oral vaccine were detected in 2019. The latest case in Mozambique was found in a child who experienced signs of paralysis in late March, according to a statement issued by the World Health Organization. Sequencing indicates that the case in Mozambique is linked to a strain of polio spreading in Pakistan in 2019, similar to the case reported in Malawi earlier this year. WHO declared Africa free of the wild polio virus in August 2020 even though numerous countries across the continent have reported outbreaks linked to the vaccine in recent years. There is no difference between the disease caused by the wild virus or...
    This photo is from 2022. Countries like Pakistan continue efforts to get children vaccinated against polio. For the first time since 1989, a case of polio was discovered in a boy in Jerusalem, Israel. According to the country’s Health Ministry, the child had not been vaccinated against the disease. As such, the Health Ministry implored any families whose children are behind on their vaccination schedule to get them up to speed as soon as possible. An investigation is now being conducted by the Jerusalem Health Bureau in the hopes of making sure that anyone with recent contact to the boy is safe and healthy.  According to The Wall Street Journal, the child is 3 years and 9 months old “and showed symptoms of paralysis, said Oliver Rosenbauer, a spokesman for the WHO.” The good news is that the child has not needed any hospitalization. The child reportedly has the less dangerous form of the virus, not the “wild poliovirus” that is more prevalent in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This announcement does not mean that there is an imminent outbreak on the horizon, but...
    A three year old girl in Jerusalem, Israel, has come down as the first case of polio in the Middle Eastern country in over 30 years, local officials report. The girl, who was unnamed by the Jerusalem District Health Bureau was not vaccinated against the virus, which has largely been defeated around the world due to widely available jabs. It is the first Israeli case of the potentially debilitating virus since 1988. Officials have not yet determined the origin of the infection, or whether she has passed it on to anyone else. Polio infection can be catastrophic, causing an infected person to suffer paralysis. Vaccines are widely available, though the virus still remains a problem in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A three year old, unvaccinated, girl in Israel has been infected with polio. It is the nation's first confirmed case since 1988 (file photo) The young girl's case was reported to local health authorities after she felt symptoms of paralysis, the Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesman said that the case was likely vaccine-derived polio, which is a mutation of the strain...
    A CASE of polio has been detected in Africa for the first time in five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The three-year-old girl from Malawi has been left paralysed by the fast-spreading virus. 2Polio illustrationCredit: Getty 2A girl receives polio vaccine drops in Karachi, Pakistan July 20, 2020. The new case of polio in Africa has links to Pakistan, where the virus is endemicCredit: Reuters Malawi's health authorities have declared a polio outbreak after the case was flagged in the capital Lilongwe. Laboratory analysis showed the polio strain is type 1 linked to travel in Pakistan. As of 2020, type 1 is only in circulation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while type 2 and 3 have been eliminated for over a decade. But it has not spilled into another country since 2013, when an outbreak occurred in Syria, and has never jumped between continents.  The girl began experiencing symptoms in November, according to Science, but the strain she is infected with was in circulation in Pakistan in October 2019. It suggests there has been undetected spread of the...
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