The New York case is “just the tip of the iceberg” and an indication that “there must be a few hundred cases in the community circulating,” said Dr. Jose Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization. and CDC’s Respiratory Diseases, said. quoted told CNN.
“There are a number of individuals in the community who have been infected with the polio virus,” he said. They are removing the virus. “Contagion is always possible because the contagion will be silent.”
Polio is caused by Poliovirus
Polio is a highly contagious viral disease. According to the CDC, about three-quarters of people infected with polio have no symptoms, but they are still capable of spreading the virus to others.
Only a relatively small number, about 1 in 200 people infected, become paralyzed. Some of those paralyzed died because they couldn’t breathe.
“It’s not just a case of polio if you see a case of paralysis. The rate of polio is less than 1%,” Dr Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County’s health commissioner, told the BBC.
“Most cases are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and those symptoms are often missed. So there were hundreds, maybe even thousands of cases where we saw a case of paralysis. .”
Meanwhile, UK health officials are set to deliver a targeted booster dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to all children aged 1 to 9 to limit the spread of the outbreak. virus outbreak in London.
This comes after the discovery of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in wastewater in north and east London.
According to the UK Health Security Agency, 116 samples of the vaccine-like polio virus were detected in wastewater in London between February and July 2022.