Polio Returns to the United States for the First Time Since 2014

Polio Returns to the United States for the First Time Since 2014

Deadly Disease RETURNS After All These Years

(FeaturedNews.com) – It’s been almost a decade since doctors have come across the polio virus in the US. That said, the infamous disease, virtually eradicated across the globe, made an unexpected appearance in New York last week. State health officials released a statement advising healthcare workers to keep an eye out for additional cases.

The infected person had a strain of the virus that could only come from someone who took the oral version of the vaccine, which has been out of use in the United States since 2000. Doctors speculate, therefore, that the infection likely came from abroad, where those particular vaccines are still distributed.

Polio is transmitted through saliva, fecal matter, and other bodily fluids, usually from unwashed hands. Mouth-to-mouth contact is also a possibility. Symptoms can include fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and back pain.

At its peak, the disease was one of the most feared illnesses on the planet. By the 1950s, when a vaccine was finally discovered, hundreds of thousands of people who suffered severe cases found themselves confined to wheelchairs — or worse. By the late 70s, it was considered under control here in America, but it wasn’t until 1988 that the world came together to end the bug’s reign of terror. That year, 350,000 cases in 125 nations were recorded, compared to just 140 cases in two countries in 2020.

That doesn’t mean the disease is now devoid of any danger. The New York State Department of Health urged anyone who isn’t vaccinated to go get their vaccine done as soon as possible. Clinics are ready to help safeguard the community in the event that this disease makes a comeback and begins to spread.

Do you think the public will see more cases going forward?

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