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First polio case since 2013 found in New York

Jul 21, 2022 2:03 pm

Helen Branswell reports at Stat News that on July 21 New York State reported the first case of vaccine-derived polio in a person since 2013. The patient with a type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus is in Rockland County. “With Covid having disrupted immunization (even in the U.S.) and travel now having resumed and much more type 2 poliovirus transmission happening … it’s been only a matter of time before we’d have some detection of polioviruses in sewage, as happened recently in the U.K, or more tragically, a case,” said Kimberly Thompson, a polio expert who is president of the non-profit organization Kid Risk. “There’s just a lot more polio going around than there should be.” Mary Bassett, New York's health commissioner, said those vaccinated against polio are not at risk. “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,” Bassett said. Read more about this story at Stat News.