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The New York City Department of Health on Thursday reported a case of polio in a resident of Rockland County, state.
This case was the first in the US in almost a decade.
The agency said the virus was identified by sequencing at the Wadsworth Center — its public health laboratory — and confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sequencing showed reversal Sabin poliovirus type 2.
“This points to a chain of transmission from a person who received oral polio vaccine (OPV) that is no longer authorized or used in the US, where only inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) has been administered since 2000,” the agency said in a statement. wrote. “This suggests that the virus may have originated outside the US where OPV is administered, as revertant strains cannot emerge from inactivated vaccines.”
The State Department of Health, the Rockland County Department of Health, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are coordinating to continue to investigate the case and “proactively respond.”
Officials are advising practitioners and healthcare providers to be vigilant about new cases.
This is an evolving story. Please stay tuned for updates.