The concerted global effort to eradicate polio has been one of the greatest success stories in vaccinations, science, and public health in our lifetimes. Almost the entire world, with the exception of Pakistan and Nigeria, where anti-vaccination fears are prevalent, are considered polio-free,
So I was alarmed to read that a new case has been detected in New York.
An unvaccinated young adult from New York recently contracted polio, the first US case in nearly a decade, health officials said Thursday.
Officials said the patient, who lives in Rockland county, had developed paralysis. The person developed symptoms a month ago and did not recently travel outside the country, county health officials said.