Aug 2, 2022 04:58 GMT
“It is a dangerous disease with potentially devastating consequences,” which can cause irreversible paralysis and has no cure, health authorities warned.
Authorities in the state of New York, USA, detected the presence of the polio virus in wastewater from a suburb of the city shortly before a confirmed case of the disease was recorded, according to reported this Monday the State Department of Health.
The discovery of polio in samples collected in June means the virus was present in the community before the diagnosis of a Rockland County adult was made public on July 21.
No new cases have been identified so far, nor is it clear whether the virus is actively spreading in New York or elsewhere in the United States.
“Polio is a dangerous disease with potentially devastating consequencessaid state Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett. “Given how quickly it can spread, now is the time for all adults, parents and guardians to get themselves and their children vaccinated as soon as possible.” , the doctor pointed out.
Poliomyelitis, which can cause irreversible paralysis in some cases, has no cure, but it can be prevented with a vaccine that has been available to the public since 1955. New York health authorities announced that they are opening immunization centers to help unvaccinated residents protect themselves from the disease.
The New York State Department of Health reported told Reuters that for now he could not determine with certainty whether the samples with the polio virus came from the case identified this July in Rockland County.
“When samples like these are identified, it raises concerns about the potential for community spread, so it is critically important that anyone who is not vaccinated, especially in the Rockland County area, get vaccinated as soon as possible.” the department warned.